BATON ROUGE, La. Dec 9 U.S. President-elect
Donald Trump on Friday said he was considering imposing a
lifetime ban on U.S. military procurement officials from later
working for defense contractors.
Three days after publicly rebuking Boeing Co over
costs for the next generation of Air Force One presidential
aircraft, Trump floated the idea of such a ban on stage at a
rally for his Republican supporters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
"I think anybody that gives out these big contracts should
never ever, during their lifetime, be allowed to work for a
defense company, for a company that makes that product," Trump
said. "I don't know, it makes sense to me."
He added that he "got the idea yesterday" as he thought
about "massive" cost overruns for military equipment but needed
to "check this out" first before making any decisions.
Trump also singled out Lockheed Martin's F-35
stealth fighter jet program for criticism at the Louisiana
rally, saying it was "totally, totally, like, uncontrollably
(Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)