If you think $4 billion for two airplanes sounds excessive, you are not alone. President Elect Trump agrees:
“The plane is totally out of control. It’s going to be over $4 billion dollars for the Air Force One Program and I think it’s ridiculous. I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money,” he said in an impromptu press conference today at Trump Tower.
He later dramatically cancelled the order with this tweet: “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out or control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!”
As with everything with Mr. Trump, there is more to the story than meets the eye. Of course he may just be negotiating with Boeing. In his book the Art of the Deal, he says that one of his favorite techniques is to begin negotiations publically, which informs the other party that he is serious and it puts them “at an instant disadvantage.”
Further investigation tells us Boeing was clearly banking on Hillary, not Trump, to take over the reins at the White House. Surely Hillary would not have balked at the $ 4 billion price tag from her buddies. In fact, Boeing and the Clintons go way back.
When Hillary was Secretary of State she was a relentless saleswoman for Boeing. When travelling abroad on official business, she often was a guest at Boeing facilities, pitching the host countries to buy Boeing jets. During one visit to Shanghai in 2010, she boasted that “more than half the commercial jetliners operating in China are made by Boeing.”
In 2010 she pushed the Russian airline Rossiya into making a $3.7 billion purchase of Boeing aircraft. Two months later $900,000 found its way to the Clinton Foundation from Boeing. A major Boeing shareholder had this to say about the shady deal: “That opens the door to charges of honest services fraud, that there was quid pro quo between the Clinton Foundation, the State Department, and Boeing.“
But the financial connections don’t end there. Boeing also paid Bill Clinton $250,000 for a forty minute speech in 2012. This speech was approved by the Ethics Office of, who else? the State Department, which was conveniently responsible for approving all his speaking engagements.
And in yet another collusive arraignment, Boeing’s chief lobbyist, Tim Keating, hosted a fundraiser for ‘Ready for Hillary’, the political action committee raising money for her recent presidential election.
Looks like Donald Trump stumbled upon another of Hillary’s quid pro quo deals with Boeing and he’s not being quiet about it. What’s interesting is the silence from President Obama on this latest Hillary scandal.
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