President-elect Donald Trump commented on cancelling Air Force One, but still Boeing donates $1 million to the Trump inauguration.
An official familiar with Boeing confirmed that the $1 million donation had already been confirmed on Monday. This was before Donald Trump made the comment on Twitter where he criticized the cost of Air Force One. The tweet claimed that the costs of Air Force One were “out of control.”
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
Later, he followed up with reporters about the cost of Air Force One. He said he wants Boeing to make a lot of money, but not quite that much money.
After this, Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenberg reached out to Trump. He assured President-elect Trump that costs would be kept under control. The next day in an interview with MSNBC, Trump assured that Muilenberg is a “very good man” and made sure it is known that they were certainly “going to work it out.”
When questions about the inauguration, Boeing said in an email to USA today, “We are pleased to continue our tradition of supporting presidential inaugurations.”
This was the same amount that Boeing donated to the second inauguration of President Obama in 2013.
There has not been a budget released by Trump’s inauguration fundraising committee, but they aim to raise as much as $75 million. The New York Times reports that the inauguration organizers have raised already raised enough that they will clearly exceed the $53 million raised for Obama’s first inauguration in 2009.
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Boeing Donates $1 Million to the Trump Inauguration