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Air Force One Set To Install Two New Refrigerators—And It'll Only Cost Taxpayers $23 Million

Air Force One Set To Install Two New Refrigerators—And It'll Only Cost Taxpayers $23 Million
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6 months ago

We all know that Trump likes his junk food but over $23 million for a couple of fridges just to keep his overcooked steak, diet coke, ketchup, and chocolate malteds chilly seems a bit much -- even for "The Donald."

But apparently that's what it's going to cost us.

The replacement contract for the two new "chillers" was awarded to Boeing last December, at a cost of $23,657,671. Global News reports that the refrigerators need to be "custom built for the presidential plane" and will also "undergo strict testing by Boeing and the FAA."

And DefenseOne is reporting that these aren't your average mini-fridges, as Air Force One is required to be able to "feed passengers and crew for weeks without resupplying." That means 3,000 meals stored on board in massive refrigeration units below the passenger cabin. 

As Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at the Teal Group consulting firm, told Defense One:

   It’s not a contractor issue, it is a requirements issue. It’s not getting people rich.

But at a cost of $24 million? For refrigerators? C'mon! Even the Twittersphere wasn't buying it:

Former U.S. president Barack Obama's senior advisor, Eric Shultz, spoke out on Twitter about the kind of heat the Obama Administration would have caught if this kind of cost happened on their watch. 

A few people offered suggestions for how to land a better deal:

We liked this suggestion best of all . . .