US President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to cut the costs of the Air Force’s F-35 fighter jet programme, stressing again his eagerness to trim down government spending.
“It’s a programme that’s very, very expensive,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday at his Florida resort, adding: “We are gonna get the cost down, and we’re gonna get it down beautifully,”
Xinhua news agency reported.
Trump had previously complained about the cost of developing the F-35 on twitter, saying “the F-35 programme and cost is out of control, billions of dollars can and will be saved on military purchases after January 20.”
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The remarks came on the same day when Trump met with Marillyn Hewson, the CEO of Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of F-35 fighter jets.
Hewson said the meeting was productive.
Trump’s message reinforced a defence memo leaked on Tuesday, which detailed the president-elect’s “defence priorities” as defeating the Islamic State, building a strong defence, warding off cyber attacks and finding greater efficiency.
US media interpret the fourth point — finding greater efficiency — as streamlining bureaucracy to cut costs.