President-elect Donald Trump said Friday that he would propose a lifetime ban on federal employees who grant huge defense contracts from working for those companies — after saying this week that he wanted to cancel the "ridiculous" order for a new Air Force One.
"But when you're talking about the kind of money [spent on such contracts] I said: 'Who gives these orders out?'" Trump told a rally in Baton Rouge, La., as part of his "thank you" tour of battleground states. "Procurement people.
"Some of these people then go to work for these companies.
"I think — I have to check this out," Trump said.
He spoke at the Dow Chemical Hangar to rally voters to back Republican Senate candidate John Kennedy in his runoff election on Saturday. He was to speak later Friday in Michigan.
"They're not going like this, but I think I'm going propose a ban that anybody that gives out massive military contracts never be — not five years or 10 years — never be allowed to work for those companies that make the equipment."
Trump said Tuesday that he wanted to stop the expensive order for the new Air Force One, under construction by Boeing Co.
The contract was to be about $3 billion, but Trump said that costs have ballooned to as high at $4 billion.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence told CNN later Tuesday that the higher figure was certified by the General Accounting Office.
In Baton Rouge, Trump cited the F-35 Stealth bomber jet being built by McDonnell Douglas Corp. for the Air Force, Navy and Marines.
Under development since 1996, the F-35 took its first flight in 2006 — and the federal government contracted for 2,457 aircraft that would be fully delivered by 2037.
The jets would be used through 2070.
However, the F-35 is the nation's most expensive military weapons program ever.
The program has been widely slammed for being as much as "$163 billion over budget [and] seven years behind schedule," according to news reports.
Critics have also charged that the program is "too big to kill" by the Pentagon.
Trump called the F-35 "uncontrollably over-budget.
"Anybody who give us these big contracts should never, ever be allowed to work for a defense company, for a company that makes that product," the president-elect said.
"I don't know," he added, regarding the planned restriction. "Makes sense to me.
"I'm sure it's never happened. I'm sure it's never, ever happened in the history of country."
Trump also praised Kennedy, the state treasurer, who squares off with Democratic Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, for the seat of retiring Republican Sen. David Vitter.
Neither won a majority in the November primary, causing the runoff. Polls have shown Kennedy with a comfortable lead.
Republicans would have a narrow 52-48 Senate majority next year if they retain the Louisiana seat.
"We have to get the people to go to the polls," the president-elect said. "If you go to the polls, he's going to win.
"If you don't go to the polls, he's not going to win."
In addition, Trump hushed supporters who booed President Barack Obama as he raised concerns about fraud in the early-voting process.
"President Obama, who by the way I've gotten along with so well," Trump began before the loud boos began.
"No, no, no," the president-elect said. "He's really doing great. He has been so nice.
"But eight years ago, eight years ago, he talked about — Chicago: What goes on.
"They don't talk about it anymore.
"And, believe me, it’s only gotten worse, folks," Trump said. "We've got to talk about it."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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