Trump: U.S. Air Craft Carriers Require Steam Powered Catapults

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President Donald Trump spoke with the sailors and Marines on the USS Wasp about the need for more steam powered ships.

According to Bloomberg, President Donald Trump Trump spoke with sailors and Marines on the USS Wasp about the need for more steam-powered in U.S. naval vessels.

“We’re spending all that money on electric and nobody knows what it’s going to be like in bad conditions," he said. "So I think I’m going to put an order -- when we build a new aircraft carrier, we’re going to use steam."

“Steam’s only worked for about 65 years perfectly. And I won’t tell you this because it’s before my time by a little bit, but they have a $900 million cost overrun on this crazy electric catapult,” he said. “They want to show -- next, next, next. And we all want innovation, but it’s too much.”

Trump makes these statements after Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, confirmed earlier this year that the U.S. Navy intends to buy two Ford-class aircraft carriers.

The Ford contains the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS that Trump is now speaking out against.

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