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PoliticsEXCLUSIVE: Trump reveals historic redesign of Air Force One

15:25  13 june  2019
15:25  13 june  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Trump reveals the brand new Air Force One in historic redesignIn an ABC News exclusive interview, Trump shared never-before-seen images of Air Force One 's prospective redesign after announcing a .9 billion makeover last year.ABC News.

Less than a year after announcing a .9 billion makeover for America's most famous aircraft, President Donald Trump shared never-before-seen images of Air Force One 's prospective redesign on Wednesday during an exclusive interview with ABC News. "George, take a look at this," Trump .


Less than a year after announcing a $3.9 billion makeover for America's most famous aircraft, President Donald Trump shared never-before-seen images of Air Force One's prospective redesign on Wednesday during an exclusive interview with ABC News.

"George, take a look at this," Trump boasted to ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos, as he flashed mock-ups of his vision for the next generation of the presidential aircraft. "Here's your new Air Force One."

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In an ABC News exclusive interview, Trump shared never-before-seen images of Air Force One 's prospective redesign after announcing a .9 billion makeover last year.

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Last July, Trump announced his intention to revamp the design of the aging fleet. But on Wednesday, during an exclusive interview with ABC News, Trump showed his plan to swap the iconic sky blue-and-white paint job for a patriotic red, white and blue.

"We had different choices, here," Trump said, pointing to images he said he designed himself. "These are all slightly different."

EXCLUSIVE: Trump reveals historic redesign of Air Force One© ABC News President Trump holds up pictures of new Air Force One designs.

"Air Force One" refers to any aircraft carrying the president of the United States and most commonly refers to a pair of Boeing 747-200B series aircraft.

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In an ABC News exclusive interview, Trump shared never-before-seen images of Air Force One 's prospective redesign after announcing a .9 billion makeover last year.

"There's your new Air Force One ," Trump told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in an interview that aired Thursday, holding up four mock-ups of a red Trump 's proposed makeover would be the first since President John F. Kennedy was in office. The light blue colors were introduced in a redesign by

The current fleet comes with several modifications, including a presidential suite, medical operating room and a kitchen that "can feed 100 people at a time," according to the White House.

"Is the frame still a 747?" Stephanopoulos asked.

"It's a 747, but you know, it's a much bigger plane," Trump replied. "It's a much bigger wing span."

In spite of his willingness to share the preliminary sketches, the president is still holding some details close to the vest.

EXCLUSIVE: Trump reveals historic redesign of Air Force One© ABC News ABC News' George Stephanopoulos talks with President Donald Trump at the White House on June 12, 2019.

"There are a couple of secrets," Trump teased. "You know what, there are a couple of secrets I don't think we're supposed to be talking about."

And despite the grandeur Trump has etched into his brand, his new aircraft may not have it all.

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President Trump is reportedly considering changes to Air Force One . Those changes would reportedly include a new red, white and blue paint scheme. CBS News

In an ABC News exclusive interview, Trump shared never-before-seen images of Air Force One 's prospective redesign after announcing a .9 Just like the pimp con men pastors buying themselves jets while the congregation starves. Trump buys himself a makeover jet for .9 billion while the

"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 laughed. "But, yeah -- no."

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Before taking office, Trump criticized the "out of control" costs in the government's initial contract with Boeing to revamp the fleet. The White House said last year that its new contract came in $1.3 billion lower than the initial proposal.

"In fact, we added things," Trump told Stephanopoulos. "And I got $1.6 billion off the price."

But the president's patriotic new vision for the executive aircraft may face friction on Capitol Hill.

On Wednesday, shortly after Trump showed ABC News the blueprints for Air Force One's new paint job, lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee voted to restrict spending on the renovation plans.

"The president will have an opportunity to make some suggestions and changes to the plane," Rep. Joe Courtney, a Connecticut Democrat who introduced the amendment, said Wednesday, noting "additional paint can add weight to the plane, additional fixtures inside can also add to cost and delays to the delivery of the plane."

Regardless of whether Trump gets his way, one thing is for sure: he will have to wait. The new fleet won't be ready for takeoff until 2024.

"I'm doing that for other presidents," Trump said, "not for me."

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