Trump's Air Force One makeover to make planes red, white and blue

Air Force One with President Donald Trump aboard departs from Andrews Air Force Base Md. en route to Mar-a-Largo in Palm Beach Fla. for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Trump says Air Force One

Trump's Air Force One makeover to make planes red, white and blue

"Formal replacement efforts began in 2011 and the new aircraft will replace the current Air Force One planes that are now 31 years old", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Wednesday.

"President Trump negotiated a good deal on behalf of the American people", Boeing said in a tweet in February. "Take a guess", Trump told CBS" Jeff Glor.

"I said, 'I wonder if we should use the same baby blue colors.' And we're not", Trump told Glor from his golf course in Scotland.

The interview came the same day that the Department of Defense announced that Boeing had secured a $3.9 billion contract to build two new Air Force One planes.

The program, managed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is led by a two-star general and has about 100 employees in the Presidential Airlift Recapitalization Directorate at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center headquarters.

Axios reports that the president wants Air Force One to have a larger bed, similar to the one on his personal plane.

"You're gonna have many presidents, hopefully, use it and enjoy it", Mr Trump said.

Trump's Air Force One makeover to make planes red, white and blue

Trump's dealings with Boeing over new Air Force One airplanes has been a public affair. It's gonna be the top of the line, the top in the world.

Critics have said the change casts aside an iconic American look and on Twitter, many pointed out that Russia's presidential plane also has a red, white and blue design.

Kennedy's baby blue: The next version of Air Force One will be painted in the colors of the American flag, according to President Donald Trump.

The White House has previously claimed that Trump's tough talk with Boeing on the cost of the planes had saved taxpayers more than $1.4 billion. "It's a very complex project". Technically speaking, any plane the president is travelling on becomes known as Air Force One for the duration of the commander in chief's travel.

"I was able to save $1.5 billion and order a new one for the country", Trump said in the interview.

Trump told CBS that after almost three decades, the plane was long overdue for an upgrade.

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