Trump reveals details of planned Air Force One makeover

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Boeing was able to negotiate with the White House to cut costs, saying the president made "a good deal on behalf of the American people", and Trump signaled his approval in February.

The announced deal comes as President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use "adversary" to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE said in an interview broadcast this week that the redesigned aircraft will feature a red, white and blue color scheme, departing from the traditional blue-colored craft. The first official jet flew in 1959, under President Dwight D Eisenhower, and featured a red and gold colour scheme until President Kennedy adopted the distinctive light blue and white look it still has today.

Two completed Air Force One replacements will cost $3.9 billion. "But I said, "I wonder if we should use the same baby blue colors?' And we're not".

Trump told CBS that after almost three decades, the plane was long overdue for an upgrade.

Technically speaking, any plane the president is travelling on becomes known as Air Force One for the duration of the commander in chief's travel.

Trump told CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor recently that the new model of the presidential plane will be updated, both within and outside.

Trump told CBS he was able to save $1.5 billion on the deal, although those savings couldn't be confirmed.

"Red, white and blue". "It's going to be the top of the line, the top in the world".

The White House has previously claimed that Trump's tough talk with Boeing on the cost of the planes had saved taxpayers more than $1.4 billion.

According to Boeing, the two new 747-8 planes are created to be an airborne White House, each with a communications suite, internal and external stairs, large galleys and other equipment.

In Tuesday's interview, the president stressed that the new planes will "be largely for future presidents", citing the "very complex project". But by the time it gets built, you're gonna have many presidents, hopefully, use it and enjoy it, ' he told CBS.

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