Less than a year after announcing a $ 3.9 billion renovation of America's most famous American aircraft, President Donald Trump has seen unprecedented images of Air's anticipated redesign on Wednesday in an exclusive interview with ABC News Force One released.
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"George, take a look at this," Trump bragged with ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos as he presented models of his vision for the next generation of the presidential plane. "Here's your new Air Force One."
Last July, Trump announced his intention to revise the design of the aging fleet. But on Wednesday, in an exclusive interview with ABC News, Trump showed his plan to replace the sky blue and white paint with a patriotic red, white and blue.
"We had different options here," Trump said, pointing to pictures he had made himself. "These are all slightly different."
"Air Force One" refers to all aircraft carrying the President of the United States, and most often to a pair of Boeing 747-200B Series aircraft.
The current fleet is equipped with various modifications, including a presidential suite and a medical operating room and a kitchen that "can feed 100 people at the same time," says the White House.
"Is the frame still a 747?" Asked Stephanopoulos.
"It's a 747, but you know it's a much bigger plane," Trump replied. "It's a much bigger span."
Despite his willingness to share the preliminary sketches, the President still holds some details near the vest.
"There are a few secrets," Trump teased. "You know, there are some secrets that I do not think we should talk about."
And despite the size Trump has branded into his brand, his new plane may not have everything.
"Everyone wants to know, is there a pod or not?" Asked Stephanopoulos. "Watched the movie 'Air Force One' … the famous capsule that flies out of its back?"
"Oh, I understand," laughed Trump. "But yes – no."
Before Trump took office, he criticized the "runaway" costs in the government's first contract with Boeing over fleet modernization. The White House announced last year that its new contract was $ 1.3 billion below the original proposal.
"In fact, we added things," Trump told Stephanopoulos. "And I got $ 1.6 billion off the price."
But the president's new patriotic vision for the executive jet could cause tension on Capitol Hill.
On Wednesday, just after Trump ABC News showed plans for the new Air Force One coating, the legislators of the House Armed Services Committee voted to limit spending on the renovation plans.
"The president will have the opportunity to make some suggestions and changes to the aircraft," said Joe Courtney, a Connecticut Democrat who introduced the change, on Wednesday also may be aware of the cost and delays in delivering the aircraft increase. "
Regardless of whether Trump prevails, one thing is certain: he will have to wait. The new fleet will be ready for launch in 2024.
"I do this for other presidents," said Trump, "not for me."