Thursday, February 23, 2017

What did Donald Trump do today?

He took credit for $700M in savings on a military contract that was renegotiated under President Obama.

In a meeting with CEOs today, Trump teased Lockheed CEO Marillyn Hewson over what he assumed was her support for Hillary Clinton, and claimed that he had lowered the contract price for the F-35 fighter jet by $700 million. In fact, such contracts are renegotiated on an annual basis, and the most recent reduction was announced in December. 

Hewson's remarks earlier this month announcing the cost reductions praised Trump, but were generally interpreted as an attempt to give Trump, who is notoriously susceptible to flattery, some political cover. Trump's remarks today suggest that he may actually believe he somehow had an influence on the cost reduction program that has been in place since 2011.

Who cares?

  • It's wrong to take credit for things you didn't do.
  • Presidents who can be manipulated through flattery will cost the country more than $700M.