Finnish president politely explains that Trump doesn’t know what the fuck he’s talking about
During Monday’s joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Donald Trump boasted about yet another successful deal, telling everyone that Finland was set to buy a bunch of F-18 jets from the U.S. Turns out that sale hasn’t actually happened.
“One of the things that is happening is you’re purchasing large amounts of our great F-18 aircraft from Boeing and it’s one of the great planes, the great fighter jets,” Trump said on Monday. Niinisto didn’t say anything at the time, but on Tuesday he politely suggested that perhaps Trump was confused.
“It seems that on the sale side, past decisions and hopes about future decisions have mixed…The purchase is just starting, and that is very clear here,” Niinisto said.
Helsinki is expected to request that European and U.S. planemakers provide quotations for new jets in 2018, with a final decision made in the early 2020s.
A government working group has listed possible candidates as Saab’s (SAABb.ST) Jas Gripen, Dassault Aviation’s (AVMD.PA) Rafale, Boeing’s Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin’s (LMT.N) F-35 and the Eurofighter, made by Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain.
So there’s no plan to actually purchase the F-18s. Finland is considering buying them, but other companies will be competing. I’m sure President Dealmaker will be able to close this thing out. He did so well rallying votes for the Obamacare repeal.
It’s also worth noting that Trump now fancies himself a military equipment expert, as he also claimed on Monday that Finland was set to purchase “lots of other military equipment” adding, “I know all of the military equipment and I actually agree with everything you purchased.”
Again, they’ve purchased nothing.
[Reuters | Photo: Getty]