President-elect Donald Trump tweeted today that the government should cancel its order with Boeing for a new Air Force One, citing costs of the project. "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 in his tweet. Trump then made a surprise appearance, emerging from the elevators at Trump Tower in New York City before scheduled meetings and commented on the project, ABC's KATHERINE FAULDERS notes. "Well, the plane is totally out of control. It's going to be over $4 billion. It's for Air Force One program, and I think it's ridiculous," Trump said. "I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money." http://abcn.ws/2gN4avg
Donald Trump is hitting the road again for the second leg of his post-election "thank you" tour, stopping in Fayetteville, North Carolina, tonight to express gratitude to his supporters who helped him get to the White House. After a busy day of meetings at Trump Tower in New York, the president-elect is scheduled to fly out later today for the 7 p.m. ET rally. He will be joined at the rally by retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, whom he'll formally announce tonight as his pick for secretary of defense, Trump transition communications director Jason Miller said this morning. http://abcn.ws/2h34AON
Senate Republicans Start Giving Advice to Trump
Republican senators have begun advising President-Elect Trump on the issues he should prioritize, starting with Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) who sent Trump what is likely the first public, detailed list of recommendations sent by a Senate Republican, according to ABC's ALI ROGIN. In addition to popular items like approving the Keystone XL pipeline and repealing and replacing Obamacare, Daines' list also includes more obscure Obama-era actions that he wants Trump to do away with. He recommends Trump terminate a little-known Bureau of Land Management order that imposes a moratorium on federal coal leasing and also get rid of several National Labor Relations Board measures that Trump's team, which prides itself on its outsider status, might not know about. "I look forward to working together closely to address the many challenges facing the United States at home and abroad," Daines says in his letter.
President Obama is set to trumpet his national security record and extend his personal thanks to special operations forces with a visit to Florida's MacDill Air Force Base today. The president will deliver the final national security address of his presidency and is expected to review his approach to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the broader counter-ISIS campaign. http://abcn.ws/2gLklct
Environmental activists and protesters have rejoiced the temporary halting of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, but according to some experts with whom ABC News spoke, there are several avenues for President-elect Donald Trump to overturn the decision and continue the construction of the pipeline once he assumes office in January. ABC's MEGHAN KENEALLY has more. http://abcn.ws/2h1OlBu