While president-elect, Donald Trump, wants to cancel an order to build a new model of the Air Force One, arguing that it would cost more than $4,000 milion, a small Latin-American country like Uruguay is debating if it really needs a presidential plane:
For the last two years, Uruguay’s President Tabaré Vázquez has been trying to acquire a presidential plane to travel abroad, but the Audit Court has recently rejected the purchase process because only one company submitted a bid.
Other attempts to buy a presidential plane were already refused by the same legal body, arguing the price was excessive.
“Uruguay does not need an airplane and it’s good that it should stay that way”, said former president José Mújica, who was known worldwide for his personal austerity.
Mujica used to drive around in an old Volkswagen Beetle and take inexpensive airlines, making endless stopovers despite his advanced age, except when Hugo Chávez or Cristina F. Kirchner, sent for him his own airplanes to visit Venezuela and Argentina.
As reported in the English edition of Spain newspaper El País.