Finnish president rebukes Donald Trump’s claim the country is purchasing “great fighter jets”

On Monday President Donald Trump made a big guarantee to American workers: Finland will be buying up great deals of fighter jets from Boeing, an American business.

“One of the important things that is happening is you’re purchasing big quantities of our fantastic F-18 airplane from Boeing and it’s one of the excellent airplanes, the excellent fighter jets,” Trump stated during a press conference with Finland’s president, Sauli Niinisto.But there was one issue: The president didn’t validate before he spoke. Due to the fact that the next day, Niinisto tweeted that he wouldn’t dedicate to changing his country’s fighter airplanes with Boeing’s F-18 aircraft.Uutinen f-18 hävittäjien ostamisesta on ankka.Niinsto informed Finnish reporters,”It appears that on the sale side, past choices and hopes about future choices have blended … The purchase is simply starting, which is very clear here.”And the nation is considering a bunch of business to replace his old fleet. Many of them aren’t based in the United States, Reuters notes: A federal government working group has actually noted possible candidates as Saab’s Jas Gripen, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale, Boeing’s Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 and the Eurofighter, made by Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain. Finland won’t be taking quotes until 2018, so there’s a lot of time for Trump to do some more lobbying– nevertheless direct or indirect they might be. They won’t be making a decision up until”the early 2020s,”perhaps long after Trump has left office.


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