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EXCLUSIVE-McCain backs Trump criticism of F-35, says president can't cancel it
December 12, 2016 / 5:49 PM / 7 months ago

EXCLUSIVE-McCain backs Trump criticism of F-35, says president can't cancel it

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WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said on Monday he backed President-elect Donald Trump's criticism of the costs of Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet program, but said a president does not have the authority to cancel it because funds have already been appropriated.

In an interview with Reuters, McCain, a leading Republican voice on national security and outspoken critic of Pentagon cost overruns, said, however, that Trump would have the power to reduce future purchases of the new-generation fighters if he decides to do so.

"He can reduce the buy over time, next year, as we look at it again," McCain said. "But right now, the acquisition  of lots of them is already taking place, and I'm happy to say at fixed-price contract. The president, I'm sure, can examine it."

Reporting By Matt Spetalnick and Jonathan Landay; Editing by Nick Zieminski

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