President Trump unveiled the new patriotic, clean look for Air-force One during an interview with ABC News.
“It’s a 747, but you know, it’s a much bigger plane. It’s a much bigger wing span,” Trump said.
But Trump was sparing when it came to details. “You know what, there are a couple of secrets I don’t think we’re supposed to be talking about,” Trump said.
Trump admitted reality cannot compare to fiction, however.
“Everyone wants to know, is there a pod or not?” Stephanopoulos asked. “Seen the movie ‘Air Force One’? … The famous pod that flies out of the back?”
“Oh, I see,” Trump said. “But, yeah, no.”
Trump’s ability to put his vision in the sky would be restricted if House Democrats get their way.
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The Hill reported that the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday voted to require congressional approval for changes to the Air Force One presidential aircraft’s paint scheme and interior design that have been cheered by President Trump.
The amendment was approved 31-26 during the panel’s markup of the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Offered by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), the chairman of the panel’s seapower subcommittee, the amendment would require the Trump administration to OK with Congress any “work relating to aircraft paint scheme, interiors and livery” before it takes place.
Courtney said his provision refers to the Air Force One replacement contract, a $3.9 billion, fixed-price deal the Air Force signed with Boeing in July 2018 to design, modify, test, certify and deliver two 737 planes by the end of 2024.
He argued that the contract has language that allows the fixed price to be “almost rendered moot in terms of just additional add-ons” and that his provision would help prevent any cost overruns on “less essential items regarding the paint and interior decorating” of the plane.
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