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Trump: Cancel order for new Air Force One

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President Barack Obama waves from the top of the stairs on Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Obama was returning from Tampa, where he gave his final speech about U.S. counterterrorism. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday took aim at one of the preeminent symbols of presidential power, saying on Twitter that the amount the Pentagon plans to spend on a new Air Force One is too much and that the contract with Boeing should be killed.

“Cancel the order!” he tweeted.

Speaking to reporters later in the lobby of New York’s Trump Tower, he said the effort to build the plane “is totally out of control. It’s going to be over $4 billion for the Air Force One program, and I think that’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.”

His tweet occurs a week after he pushed Carrier to give up plans to shift jobs to Mexico. Boeing, by contrast, would build Air Force One in the United States, and canceling the program could cost American jobs.

Trump has pledged to eliminate wasteful spending and clamp down on programs that have gone over budget or lag behind schedule.

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