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.