Donald Trump Falsely Claimed to Saving More Than $700 million on F-35 Project
Type: Takes Undeserved CreditFeb 06 2017 Severity:
The F-35 jet fighter program, one of the most expensive weapons programs in the nation's history, was on schedule for months to sell the fighter jets for under $100 million apiece, many sources say Trump had done little to mitigate costs beyond public statements and social media posts.
Quote | Cost cuts for the program existed long before Trump became president.
“I have already saved more than $700 million when I got involved in the negotiation on the F-35. You know about that,” Trump said in a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. “And I want to thank Lockheed Martin. And I want to thank Boeing. And I want to thank all of the companies that have really opened up. Opened up and cut their prices.”