The Gist

Boeing, Get Off My Plane!

Is $4 billion a lot for Air Force One? Or is Trump looking for savings in all the wrong places?

Donald Trump steps out of his plane for a rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Sept. 17.

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On Tuesday, President-elect Donald Trump decried the cost of a very important plane, tweeting, “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!” Boeing then disputed Mr. Trump’s numbers, saying their contract was worth only $170 million. Turns out, unlike other Twitter rants, Trump was kind of right this time. But on The Gist, analyst Todd Harrison warns that lowering the cost of Air Force One might involve some compromises, like outsourcing the contract to a foreign company. Harrison is a director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

For the Spiel, Mike works his sources to get you the latest on Canadian birds.


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