Rush Limbaugh came to President-elect Donald Trump’s defense on Friday, saying he was right when he tweeted about the $4 billion cost for a new Air Force One.
Trump posted his thoughts on the deal with Boeing on Twitter, calling for the order to be cancelled:
…and immediately came under fire for the accuracy of the estimated cost he outlined.
On Friday’s show, Limbaugh pointed to an article from the Daily Mail, saying the $4 billion estimate is actually for two new 747-8s.
“Well, it turns out — this is from the U.K. Daily Mail. Headline: ‘Trump Was Right About Air Force One: Pentagon budget documents show Boeing program is slated to cost more than $4.2 billion — Government budget and procurement documents show that President-elect Donald Trump was right to insist that the new Air Force One jets will cost taxpayers more than $4.2 billion,'” he said, according to show transcripts.
The talk radio giant referenced reports from critics that the planes only cost $189 million.
“The $189 million was the first payment of the first contract that was simply a ‘we’re gonna do it’ deal. It had nothing to do with the actual cost of the airplane,” Rush said.
He also shared why the overall $4 billion cost “is entirely reasonable.”
“This airplane will withstand the radiation from a nuclear blast. This airplane can stay in the air indefinitely as long as there are tankers around. This airplane has communications devices and defense mechanisms and shielding devices, technology for communications that nobody even knows exists.
“It has a full-fledged medical operating room on board should there not be any nearby and the president needs surgery.”
“There’s too much stupidity,” Rush said in response to the media mocking Trump over the issue. “And the reason the stupidity is there is because these people cannot get rid of the blinding partisanship and bias they bring to their existence.”
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