Air Force One

Trump confirms plan to repaint Air Force One

Air Force One
Air Force One. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images

President Trump is making major changes to Air Force One, confirming a report last week by Axios' Mike Allen.

"[I] said, 'I wonder if we should use the same baby blue colors?' And we're not. Air Force One is going to be incredible. It's gonna be the top of the line, the top in the world. And it's gonna be red, white and blue, which I think is appropriate."
— Trump to CBS' Jeff Glor

The backdrop: The White House had said in February that Trump negotiated a $3.9 billion deal with Boeing for the new planes. Trump told Glor he was able to save $1.5 billion and that the current model is 30 years old.

Scoop: Trump wants tough new Air Force One paint job

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

President Trump wants to update the paint job on the next version of Air Force One, ditching the iconic robin's-egg blue (which he calls a "Jackie Kennedy color") for a bolder, "more American" look.

The big picture: Trump rarely gets into the weeds of government negotiations. But he sat down in the Oval Office with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg in February to personally hammer out the $4 billion deal for a pair of replacement 747s for use as Air Force One (the call sign for whatever Air Force plane the president is on).