Trump Attacks Pentagon’s F-35 Program as ‘Out of Control’


Donald Trump on Monday hit the Pentagon’s F-35 joint-strike fighter jet program.

The F-35 program is the most expensive weapons program in the U.S. portfolio and its high costs have been controversial for years. The program has been plagued by cost overruns, technology problems and delays. The Government Accountability Office estimates acquisition of the program to be around $400 billion.

Trump has previously been critical of the program’s costs. On a Sunday interview with Fox News Trump said he will focus on making “good deals for the country” as president and brought up the program.

“It’s out of control, and the people that are making these deals for the government, they should never be allowed to go to work for these companies,” Trump said.

“The clear message that’s being sent is that the president-elect is going to fight to save taxpayer money at every turn. I would expect this to be wide-reaching and affect all of government as we look to make better deals,” spokesman Jason Miller said about the criticism in a call with reporters Monday.

He said Trump’s goal is to make sure taxpayers are “not being taken advantage of.”

“It’s one of the key campaign promises from the presidential trail, and it’s good to see the president-elect continue to hold people’s feet to the fire on this.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Eliza Collins