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Trump Meets CEOs of US Defense Contractors in Attempt to Cut Costs of F-35 Jets

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The chief executives of two of the biggest US defense contractors, Boeing and Lockheed Martin finished a meeting with US President-elect Donald Trump to discuss cost overruns on the F-35 fighter jet, Trump told reporters.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Trump's meeting with the CEOs of the aerospace and defense companies comes after he criticized contracts they have with the government in Twitter messages, ABC News said.

"We’re trying to get costs down, costs, primarily the F-35," Trump said following Wednesday’s meeting. "We’re trying to get the costs down. That program is very very expensive."

An F-35 being refueled at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. - Sputnik International
F-35 Program Head Defends Troubled Jet Amid Trump Condemnation
On December 6, Trump said he wanted to cancel an order for a new Air Force One because Boeing's $4 billion cost for the airplane and associated research and development program was "ridiculous." According to media reports the Air Force has budgeted $1.65 billion for the project.

Last week Trump called Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Aircraft a disaster because of "out of control costs."

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