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Trump seeks 10 percent cut on out-of-control costs for F-35

Trump instinctively knows American taxpayers can get a better deal from defense contractors

(NationalSentinel) Americans had no sooner finished selecting Donald J. Trump as our next president, when he had already rolled up his sleeves and got to work.

Though his public dressing down of Boeing over its $4 billion price tag for one new Air Force One 747-800 immediately ruffled feathers and elicited ‘outrage’ from #nevertrumpers and other political foes, the president-elect managed to ‘convince’ the aircraft maker to deliver the government two planes for the same price.

Now, Trump wants Lockheed Martin, primary contractor on the over-budget, behind-schedule F-35A, to trim its costs by 10 percent. As reported by Bloomberg, the 10-percent figure is a minimum:

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has asked Lockheed Martin Corp. to reduce costs on the $379 billion F-35 fighter-jet program by at least 10 percent, according to Roger Carr, chairman of BAE Systems Plc, which is a key participant in the program.

“We’ve been told through Lockheed that the president has an ambition to reduce the cost of that aircraft by a material amount of money, many percent, into double digits over a period,” Carr said in a Bloomberg Television interview Tuesday from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “We respect that and we’ll work towards a contribution towards that.”

Trump has said he wants to increase weapons modernization and acquisition programs, including boosting the number of Navy ships. But he insists on getting the best deal he can for taxpayers. [RELATED: Keep current on all military and defense news at NationalSecurity.news]

More from Bloomberg:

Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed’s chief executive officer, has met twice with Trump after he attacked the company on the F-35 jet, the largest U.S. weapons program. The program for more than 3,000 fighters started development in 2001 and the 200th aircraft was delivered Jan. 11.

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Hewson told Trump last week that Lockheed is close to a deal with the Pentagon to lower costs “significantly’’ on the next and largest production lot yet of F-35s.

No president in modern history has publicly called out the military-industrial complex for its fleecing of the Treasury and the American taxpayer. But as Trump is proving, his will not be a ‘business as usual’ administration; for him, making America great again should be done for the least amount of money while getting maximum results.

Guess it really does take a businessman to run the ‘business’ of government.

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