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:
Why $24 million for refrigerators? A lot of people could eat for that amount of money.— Moon Dragon (@Moondragon_1) January 26, 2018
Are they made of blue diamonds and use moon coolant?! What fridge could actually cost that much money?!— PonemahTamarack (@PonemahTamarack) January 27, 2018
A few people offered suggestions for how to land a better deal:
Shouldn't have ordered the ones with icemakers - that'll easily add $20,000,000— 🌊🌊 Secret Society 🌊🌊 (@dontdivideby0) January 27, 2018
We liked this suggestion best of all . . .