When you’re talking about a plane that’s about to be taken out of service, Trump is in for a shock.
And it’s not even an empty threat.
The president tweeted on Monday that his company is considering a $200 million buyout of Trump International Golf Links, a business that has had trouble finding enough pilots to fly it to its destinations, a move that would put the airline at risk of losing its charter rights and potentially jeopardizing its future.
Trump International golf links is one of Trump’s favorite targets, with critics questioning the viability of the resort chain that has struggled to maintain its image in a market that is increasingly shifting toward leisure and travel.
In a statement, Trump’s spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said the president was talking to other airlines about the potential purchase and that Trump International’s focus is on doing the right thing.
The company has been a fixture at Trump’s properties for decades and has become the official golf destination for more than 1 million visitors a year, including many of his sons.
The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment.
“While we do not comment on pending transactions, we have long been a proponent of bringing economic activity and investment to our nation, which includes supporting jobs and creating prosperity,” Walters said in the statement.
Trump was asked on Twitter about the airline deal, saying he had spoken to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg about it and would meet with him on Monday.
“I’ll be doing the deal tomorrow,” Trump tweeted, referring to Boeing.
Trump is one among several Trump business associates to be targeted by congressional investigators over Russia ties.
Earlier this month, Trump also sent a letter to the House intelligence committee asking for their findings on whether his associates had any involvement in the 2016 presidential election, citing concerns that he and his campaign might have been colluding with the Russians to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The probe into the campaign is now focused on whether Trump himself colluded with Russia to influence the election.