The United States Air Force is purchasing planes abandoned by a bankrupt Russian airline and will convert them to Air Force Ones, according to a report released Tuesday.
Defense One reports that the Air Force will buy two planes from Boeing that are sitting unused in the Mojave Desert. The Russian airline Transaero went bankrupt and never acquired the planes and did not complete their payments.
"We're working through the final stages of coordination to purchase two commercial 747-8 aircraft and expect to award a contract soon," Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.
Trump attacked the high cost of Boeing's two new 747s that would have become the new primary aircraft for transporting the president.
"Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!" Trump said on Twitter in December.
The average price of a Boeing 747-8 is $386.8 million, according to Boeing's website, but that would not include the cost of converting them into a flying White House.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said she could not comment on the report.
"I can't at this time, it's something I'd have to check into and get back to you," she told reporters during Tuesday's White House briefing.
Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2016