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EXCLUSIVE: Trump reveals the historic redesign of Air Force One



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

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"Donald Trump" is an interesting article about Donald Trump's latest news, video, and analysis. 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.

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 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.

 Donald Trump holds pictures of the new Air Force One designs ABC News
Donald Trump holds up pictures of the 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 aircrafts.

The current fleet comes with several modifications, including a presidential suite, 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 span."

 PHOTO: ABC News George Stephanopoulos talks with President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, June 12, 2019. ABC News
ABC News' George Stephanopoulos talks with President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, June 12, 2019.

"There are a couple of secrets," Trump teased. "You know what, there are a couple of secrets I do not 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.

"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."

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 have voted to restrict spending on renovation plans.

"The president will have the opportunity to make some suggestions and changes to the plane," Rep. Joe Courtney, and 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 in delivery of the plane."

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

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


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