The most expensive weapons program in American military history just the strongest of his critics: President-elect Donald Trump.
The incoming commander-in-chief took aim Monday at the expensive F-35 fighter jet program on Twitter, after previously calling the program during a Fox News interview.
“The F-35 program and the costs are tweeted out of control,” Trump. “Billions of dollars can be and are stored in military (and other) purchases, after the [inauguration day] 20. January.”
The F-35 program and the costs are out of control. Billions of dollars can be saved on the military (and other) purchases after the 20. January.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2016
The complaints echo the charges Trump leveled last week against another large state-owned venture. Trump on Tuesday blasted Boeing for the expected bill for a new fleet of Air Force One aircraft.
FIGHTER JET-GIANT-LOOK TO MOVE THE PRODUCTION TO INDIA
In taking on the controversial F-35, Trump is picking a dispute with another contractor giant Lockheed Martin.
Trump also criticized the program in an interview with Chris Wallace of “Fox News Sunday.”
“If you look at the F-35 program, with the money, the hundreds of billions of dollars, and it is out of control,” Trump said. “And the people who go to these services for the government, they should never be allowed to, in order for these companies to work.”
TRUMP RIPS BOEING FOR COST OVERRUNS
•Cost: $ 400 billion
•Cost has almost doubled since the Start of the year 2001
•4 years behind schedule
To buy •US-2,400+ F-35 jets https://t.co/JTCErrTLBi
— Fox-News-Research (@FoxNews Research), December, 12, 2016
While Trump had called for a repeal of the Boeing Air Force One replacement deal, he didn’t want to go so far with the F-35, instead shines a light on the almost 400 billion US dollars under the back catch, which is already four years behind schedule. To produce the initial cost, which can be purchased more than 2,400 of the jets, the doubling of the US — and 600 more that of other Nations-almost since the company began 15 years ago.
“We look forward to working with the President-elect and his administration to continue to build on the F-35 program-record of demonstrated performance and affordability”, a Lockheed-Martin spokesman told The Wall Street Journal, according to Trump’s Sunday remarks.
Lockheed Martin shares fell 2.6 percent in premarket trade, after Trump reported tweeted at 8:26 PM, Reuters. Other manufacturers with investments in the F-35 a similar experience at an early age.
Trump’s criticism of the F-35 puts him in the company sometime-rivals, such as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who in April described the program as “a scandal and a tragedy.”
Pentagon officials have also been criticized as a “crazy painting leader” answers to the congressional critics of the F-35 in an effort to, the program is in a positive light, according to an internal November memo from the Director of operational test and evaluation released Wednesday by Bloomberg.