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Trump’s iconic Boeing 757 is being ‘fully restored’ for ‘upcoming rallies’

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After four years of collecting dust, Donald Trump’s iconic Boeing 757 is being “fully restored and updated” and will take to the skies by the end of the year, the former president said in a statement.

Reports have been circulating during previous months regarding the restoration of Trump’s plane. It was stored in New York while the 45th president has been traveling on smaller jets. New reports suggested in March that the jet needed substantial repairs to its engines. Those reports noted that it could cost several hundred thousand dollars to repair the jet.

But with “upcoming rallies” in the works, Trump is footing the bill to bring the plane back into commission. It was used as a backdrop at countless 2016 rallies.

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Trump’s jet has gone unused since the former president left office and has sat at a New York hanger facility.
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“Many people have asked about the beautiful Boeing 757 that became so iconic during the Trump rallies. It was effectively kept in storage in Upstate New York in that I was not allowed to use it during my presidency,” Trump said in a Friday statement via Save America PAC.

With reports saying the plane is in bad shape, the repairs will likely be sizable. Trump said the blue jet with his name in large white letters will receive an “inspection and updating of Rolls-Royce engines, and a brand new paint job.”

Details on the rallies this jet may carry the former president to have not been released but this statement confirms rumors that Trump is planning to host events soon.

Read the statement here.

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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