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One of the first of Donald Trump’s promises to the American people when he took office was to reduce government spending, or, rather, eliminate government overspending.

The famous example used during the election was that of the replacement of Air Force One; the Presidential jet made by Boeing that not only ushers the Commander in Chief all around the world, but is also designed to withstand a catastrophic failure of government or natural disaster and provide relief to important political survivors.

Candidate Trump was furious with what he felt was an exorbitant price tag for the incoming planes, and promised that he would employ his dealmaking skills to save We The People a buck or two.

And that’s precisely what he did.

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Now, as Boeing was prepared to invoice the government for $24 million in Air Force One refrigerator upgrades, the Trump administration has again put a kibosh on the costly conundrum.

The cancellation was announced on Monday in a statement by Rep. Joe Courtney, the ranking member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, according to CNN. The cancellation was later confirmed by an Air Force spokesperson.

The order was created in December, when the Air Force ordered replacements from Boeing for two of the five refrigeration units aboard President Donald Trump’s presidential jet.

In January, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told CNN that “although serviced on a regular basis, reliability has decreased with failures increasing, especially in hot/humid environments. The units are unable to effectively support mission requirements for food storage.”

And as for why these units are just so inordinately expensive…

The refrigerators aboard Air Force One must be able to carry 3,000 meals in order to feed passengers and crew for up to four weeks in case of any emergency that prevents the plane from landing, according to a previous report in Air Force Times.

The high price tag of the refrigerator order was due to Air Force One’s presence as a unique aircraft. The components require unique testing by the Federal Aviation Administration, the cost of which was included in the $24 million price tag.

The contract was canceled due to the looming introduction of the new version of the presidential jet. The Air Force announced a deal to purchase two new aircraftfrom Boeing in 2017 that will serve as the future Air Force One under the next several presidents. The planes, two 747-8 jets, will begin transitioning to the Air Force One configuration in 2019, with initial operational capacity slated for 2024.

It is certainly relieving to hear that these coolers are costing taxpayers so much money on account of their official function, and not an incredibly rapid increase in the amount of Diet Coke that POTUS sips on throughout the day.

 

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