Early Tuesday morning, President-elect Trump tweeted that the U.S. should cancel its contract with Boeing for a replacement for Air Force One, citing a figure of $4 billion:
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
Reporters quickly told the president-elect he was wrong and that the actual cost of the replacement planes was $1.65 billion (for two aircraft), not $4 billion (Spoiler: Trump is right — scroll down):
— Drew Harwell (@drewharwell) December 6, 2016
— Ben Eisen (@BenEisen) December 6, 2016
— Megan Cassella (@mmcassella) December 6, 2016
The actual number is $1.65 billion to build two new Air Force One aircraft. ($825 million each)
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) December 6, 2016
Boeing further muddied the waters by trying to claim that the contract was only for R&D and a total of $170 million:
— (((Pamela Kruger))) (@PamKrugerwriter) December 6, 2016
— Gabrielle Levy (@gabbilevy) December 6, 2016
But, surprise! “Trump is correct,” according to NBC News:
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) December 6, 2016
Time to apologize everyone.