President Donald Trump’s plans for an Air Force One redesign sent critics into a panic over what they saw as an ominously familiar color scheme.
Trump revealed the drawings for the new Air Force One during an interview with ABC News in the Oval Office that aired on Thursday.
“Here’s your new Air Force One.”
Pres. Trump shows @GStephanopoulos mock-ups of his vision for the next generation of the presidential aircraft during an exclusive @ABC News interview. https://t.co/pk06Xt4hJ5 pic.twitter.com/daO2s3wNhN
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 13, 2019
“Here’s your new Air Force One and I’m doing that for other presidents, not for me,” Trump said, showing the design that would replace the current white and light blue design which was selected by President John Kennedy and first lady Jackie Kennedy.
‘We had different choices, here,’ Trump told ABC News, sharing the images which show the Boeing 747 sporting a blue base, white top and a thin red line through the middle, colors similar to his own corporate jet and the plane he used during the 2016 campaign, as CNN White House reporter Jeremy Diamond noted.
? this color scheme looks familiar pic.twitter.com/waJBxcRfda
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) June 13, 2019
“It’s a 747, but you know, it’s a much bigger plane,” Trump told ABC News host George Stephanopoulos. “It’s a much bigger wing span.”
The president negotiated a deal with Boeing to buy the pair of jets for $3.9 billion to replace the current presidential planes, but he will likely not be able to fly in the redesigned Air Force One as the updated planes won’t likely be ready until 2024.
And while Trump reportedly got Boeing to drop about $1.4 billion from the original estimate on the contract, some members of Congress are still finding something to complain about.
“The president will have an opportunity to make some suggestions and changes to the plane,” Democratic Rep. Joe Courtney of Connecticut said during a House Armed Services Committee hearing as he introduced an amendment to the spending bill.
“Additional paint can add weight to the plane” and “additional fixtures inside can also add to cost and delays to the delivery of the plane,” he contended, according to Daily Mail.
Rep. Bradley Byrne found Courtney’s argument to be a bit of a stretch, saying it “looks like an attempt to just poke at the president.”
“Prior to 2017, I don’t recall attempts to block things like paint colors,” the Alabama Republican said.
“Air Force One is ‘a representation of the power of the United States, the power of the president,” Democratic Rep. John Garamendi of California noted. “If someone wants to change its appearance, its scheme, then we ought to have a say in that.”
While the president was proud to show off the designs to ABC News, he admitted there were some “secrets” that could not be revealed about the plane’s design.
“Everyone wants to know, is there a pod or not?” the president was asked in the interview. “Seen the movie ‘Air Force One’? … The famous pod that flies out of the back?”
“You know what, there are a couple of secrets I don’t think we’re supposed to be talking about,” Trump quipped.
And while members of Congress seek to throw cold water on Trump’s redesign, and others like Diamond criticized the color scheme’s similarity to the Trump plane, many critics saw even more that proved all of their worst fears about the president.
He’s the greatest troll of all time. Future presidents will have to fly in a plane designed by Trump and looking similar to Trumps private plane.
— Jonas Danner (@LudwigvMises) June 13, 2019
Very familiar pic.twitter.com/1uvDCn4nfY
— Paul Cady (@cady_paul) June 13, 2019
— miz13 (@Mytweetzmatt3R) June 13, 2019
Sure does. pic.twitter.com/jCfZOJtsuR
— Dutch ‘Sigs’ Bowser (@ChiefBowser) June 13, 2019
Make sure this can be covered up after Komrade Trump leaves office.
— Wendy Wood (@WWoodUK) June 13, 2019
But the reality checks came in quickly, reminding the panicked liberals that red, white, and blue look “familiar” for an obvious reason.
Yes,red white and blue would be familiar
— Escobedo (@margo_escobedo) June 13, 2019
It’s red, white, and blue…
— Bambam (@Bambam8109) June 13, 2019
You’re right it does! pic.twitter.com/fk8MyU0kPe
— Steve (@Sjanderson86) June 13, 2019
RED/WHITE/BLUE……. so US flag colors….. got it!
— Michael (@M1keeuk) June 13, 2019
Yeah, I mean …how dare they design it to be red, white and errrr……blue. ?
— DS (@deb35d) June 13, 2019
Red, white and blue. That’s damned suspicious. (Better question is why they went with light blue for the last one.) They’ve been using vatiations on this scheme since JFK. pic.twitter.com/qpyVGwgjHM
— John Sheridan (@JohnSheridan12) June 13, 2019
Trump wants to paint AF1 red, white and blue? The traitor.
You people are insane.
— Tits on a Bull (@Noseriously6) June 13, 2019
Red white and blue yes. Our colors. Stop trying to make a story out of nothing
— Dominic Sciarretta (@DomScia696) June 13, 2019
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