Gaggle with Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest aboard Air Force One en route Stamford, CT
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
Aboard Air Force One
En Route Stamford, Connecticut
4:10 P.M. EDT
MR. EARNEST: Just one quick thing at the top. As you may have noticed when you boarded the aircraft today, this aircraft recently came out of depot maintenance. And today’s presidential trip will be its first after undergoing these routine but important inspections and upgrades. In addition to performing a wide range of maintenance procedures, the onboard communication system has been modernized to better handle the communications needs of this President and future Presidents.
When he arrived at Andrews Air Force Base today, the President thanked the members of the Air Force maintenance team that worked for more than a year to complete this crucial sustainment project. So that was part of the ceremony you saw when the President stepped off the helicopter today.
Q — the team who he met with?
MR. EARNEST: I can see if there’s more specific names, but I know that this was an Air Force maintenance team that’s responsible for the upgrades that were incorporated to this aircraft.
Q Can you be more specific about the communications upgrades — like what kind of equipment or what capabilities do we have now that we didn’t have before?
MR. EARNEST: I would refer you to the Department of Defense for some of those details, but I don’t have those at hand.
Other than that, you saw that Jay did a briefing this afternoon, so we don’t want to recreate that here. But if you have questions about the events tonight, then Jen can answer, or other questions that might come up.
MS. PSAKI: I’m from Stamford, Connecticut. This is my hometown — important announcement. (Laughter.)
Q — who’s going to be there other than the host that you’ve already announced?
MS. PSAKI: I don’t. We typically don’t announce or provide a list of people who are attending an event. We do provide the information about the cost of tickets, host information like that. So I’m sure as a reporter from Bloomberg, you will do your best to spot many people in attendance who you recognize.
Q The President
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