The above was just some of the things Donald Trump wants for an airplane he ain’t even gonna ride in….
The two new executive jets won’t be rebuilt and ready to go until 2024…..
Donald Trump is gonna be John Q Private citizen by then….
Rep. Joe Courtney on Wednesday threw a big wrench into President Donald Trump’s plans to paint the iconic Air Force One jets red, white and blue.
During a marathon hearing of the House Armed Services Committee on a bill that will authorize Pentagon spending for 2020, Courtney, D-2nd District, introduced an amendment that restricts spending on any changes made to the white and sky-blue Boeing airplanes that have served as presidential transport since the early 1960s.
Courtney’s amendment, adopted by committee members on a 31-26 party line vote, would require congressional approval for excessive spending on “interior, paint and fixtures.”
During the debate on his amendment, Courtney assured his colleagues that his intention was not to keep the president or the Air Force from making modifications on Air Force One, but to make sure there was no excessive growth in costs or delays in schedule from last-minute design changes — and that the look of the plane remains traditional.
“We are not handcuffingthe Air Force and Boeing,” Courtney said. “There is some flexibility.”
Courtney also said “additional paint can add weight to the plane, additional fixtures inside the plane can also add cost and delays to the delivery of the plane.”
Supporters of Courtney’s amendment said the plane’s look is more significant than just an individual president’s design preference, and signals that the “United States has arrived” when the president travels overseas.
“The Air Force One plane is iconic,” said Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif. “It is known throughout the world. It has been the representation of the United States, the power of the president.”….
image of Trump suggestion for new Air Force One paint job…One Mile at a Time