The article originally appeared on India Today.

Donald Trump has tweeted to express his strong disapproval of the new Boeing 747 jumbo jet to replace the existing one being used by the US President. And he has sighted ‘out of control’ cost for it.

He tweeted, “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!”

Trump, according to a report in the Washington Post, later explained his tweet, “The plane is totally out of control. It’s going to be over $4 billion for Air Force One program, and I think it’s ridiculous. I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money.”


Though the new jet is for future presidents as Trump’s tweet says and as it will come into service in 2024 and therefore Donald Trump would not be able to use it even if he gets another term in 2020, the cost quoted by Trump here will go from his administrations coffers only.

Trump, the billionaire US President Elect, who has promised to lower taxes, create jobs and prevent them from going out of the US, free the US of ‘illegal immigrants’, regulate the presence of immigrants, erect a border wall along Mexico, to shut down Obamacare, the healthcare programme launched by Barack Obama and many other populist policies, it seems, is on a spree to establish his populist credentials before his Presidency’s inaugural on January 20.

Before this, he had announced that he would take just $1 as salary. The US presidential pay package is $400,000 a year. He said he would not take any vacation as well. Soon after winning the presidency, he announced his plans to erect a wall along the US-Mexico border to prevent the Mexican immigrants. He has claimed to broker a deal and save 1000 jobs from going to Mexico and has threatened to make life financially difficult for the companies who take businesses or jobs out of the US by imposing an import tariff of 35 per cent.

Forbes estimates US President Elect Donald Trump’s net worth at $4.5 billion that makes him the richest US President so far. He is a real estate mogul and his organization runs various businesses in different countries. He owns four personal planes including a Boeing 757 jet that has gold-plated seat-belts and bathroom fittings.



The article originally appeared on India Today.
Here it is a bit modified and extended.

Reiterating his pre-poll promise once again, US President Elect Donald Trump has issued a direct threat to the US companies outsourcing jobs or moving their business to other countries or firing employees.

Trump has warned that is unfair for the companies to move their production units outside while selling their products in the US market.

Trump who sums his series of tweets on the issue with ‘THE UNITED STATES IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS’ in capital letters says it cannot be the business as usual and warns the outifts before making ‘a very expensive step’ to venture out of US for their business interests.

Though he has been repeating it that there will soon be a tax on such companies that will make them leaving the US financially difficult, it is the first time that he has said so in clear words.

During the campaigning phase, he continuously threatened to slap an import tariff of 35% on the US companies taking their businesses out. His tweets indicate he wants to make the US borders strong by such coercive measures, including his grand plans of electing a wall on the US-Mexico border to check illegal immigrants from Mexico whom he despises as rapists and criminals.

Here is what Donald Trump has just tweeted.

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump

The U.S. is going to substantially reduce taxes and regulations on businesses, but any business that leaves our country for another country, fires its employees, builds a new factory or plant in the other country, and then thinks it will sell its product back into the U.S. without retribution or consequence, is WRONG!

There will be a tax on our soon to be strong border of 35% for these companies wanting to sell their product, cars, A.C. units etc., back across the border.

This tax will make leaving financially difficult. These companies are able to move between all 50 states and negotiate a tax free deal! Our country cannot keep losing these jobs, & won’t these companies are able to move between all 50 states, with no tax or tariff being charged.

Please be forewarned prior to making a very expensive mistake! THE UNITED STATES IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Stop outsourcing and preventing businesses moving out from the US has been at the core of the Trump politics that promises to ‘make America great again’. His US is going to both, ‘OPEN and CLOSE’, the Donald Trump way it seems.

Just two days ago, Trump visited an Indianapolis plant of AC maker Carrier claiming that he had brokered a deal that saved 1000 jobs at the plant from being outsourced to Mexico. And in a typical Donald Trump fashion, publicised it enough to have its echo felt across.