Boeing Chief Meets With Trump About Air Force One, Fighter Costs
The Boeing Company's CEO Tuesday had a second face-to-face meeting with President-elect Donald Trump to talk jet prices. Boeing's Dennis Muilenburg said they discussed a multi-billion dollar contract to replace the aging Air Force One jumbo jets and about new fighter jets for the military.
Muilenburg left Trump Tower saying he felt "very encouraged."
"Together we're working through simplifying the requirements and streamlining the process and applying commercial best practices,” Muilenburg said. “That's going to lead to substantial price reductions. This is something we're working together. I appreciate the teamwork approach on this. I think it's the right way to do business."
Trump did not come down to speak with reporters about this meeting with Boeing.
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2016
The president-elect took Boeing by surprise last month when he tweeted his displeasure with the high price of the proposed next-generation Air Force One. Trump suggested at that time the contract be cancelled, but Muilenburg says the two are now "on the same page."