Trump's refrigerator upgrade for Air Force One set to cost $24m

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According to a report in U.S. national security publication Defense One, American taxpayers will foot the enormous bill for Air Force One's new refrigerators, fulfilling the requirement to feed passengers and crew for weeks without having to resupply.

Under a new government contract awarded to Boeing, the U.S. Air Force will pay the aeronautics behemoth $23,657,671 to replace two of the five chiller units on the plane now used by President Donald Trump.

They are also massive as they are expected to contain enough meals to feed Trump, passengers and the crew for weeks on end if need be.

Air Force One has no chill.

The current refrigerators on the plane are almost 27 years old and new chillers are set to be installed by engineers with high-level security clearance by October 2019. "The units are unable to effectively support mission requirements for food storage".

However, Eric Schultz, a former senior adviser to Barack Obama, reacted to the news by tweeting that "we would have been impeached" if they had carried out such an upgrade to Air Force One during the previous administration.

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Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at the Teal Group consulting firm, defended the cost of the fridges.

"The units and related aircraft auxiliary alterations are by and large extraordinarily meant to give about 70 cubic feet of temperature-controlled (refrigeration/cooler) stockpiling to help on-load up staff for a broadened timeframe, without restocking while overseas", Stefanek told CNN.

"The engineering required to design, manufacture, conduct environmental testing and obtain Federal Aviation Administration certification are included in the cost". "It's not getting people rich".

But, according to Marcus Weisgerber of Defence One, the high cost isn't a defence-contractor boondoggle, but rather it's indicative of the high standards and high costs of operating Air Force One.

VC-25A refers to the military designation of the Boeing 747 aircraft that is Air Force One, and the president's plane has a whole bunch of extras that commercial passengers would not experience on a flight from San Francisco to Honolulu.

Trump's trip to Yuma, Arizona in August, where he attended a campaign rally and met with Marines, cost taxpayers more than $1.5 million, according to Judicial Watch.

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