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When Trump Called Air Force About F-35, Rival Boeing Was Listening

When Trump Called Air Force About F-35, Rival Boeing Was Listening

Days before taking office, President-elect Donald Trump made two surprise calls to the Air Force general managing the Pentagon's largest weapons program, the Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 jet.

Listening in on one of those calls was Dennis Muilenburg – the CEO of Lockheed's chief rival, Boeing Co.

Trump, who has repeatedly criticized the $379 billion F-35 program as "out of control," made the highly unusual calls to Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan on Jan. 9 and Jan. 17. Muilenburg, whose company makes a fighter jet Trump has suggested might be an alternative to the F-35, was in the president-elect's New York office for a meeting during the second call. He appeared caught off-guard...

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