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President Trump Demands 'Goddamned Steam' Catapults in Time Interview

13 May 2017

"You know the catapult is quite important".

The President told them the new electro-magnetic catapults should be ditched for the traditional steam-powered launch system. And it's not the first time under Trump, who has issued negative comments about

"We came out of builder's trials strong", Stackley said. In an interview with Time, Trump rehashed a conversation he had with a representative from General Atomics on why the president thinks that's a bad call.

Trump added, "I said you don't use steam anymore for catapult?" It contained an unnerving interview between the magazine's White House correspondent and Donald Trump. It is supposed to require less maintenance, reduce stress on carrier-based aircraft and increase the number of launches. No sir. I said, 'Ah, how is it working?' 'Sir, not good.

Adrienne Lafrance reported in The Atlantic that Navy officials were "blindsided" by Trump's "suggestion that he has convinced the Navy to abandon a long-planned digital launching system in favor of steam on its newest aircraft carrier".

At the same time, the president said he also learned the new catapult system was "very complicated, you have to be Albert Einstein to figure it out". However, the idea that the electromagnetic catapult system has encountered some problems in its development is not entirely false.

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Trump has previously promised to build more carriers, and now insists they'll all use steam instead of the EMALS system, despite Naval recommendations to the contrary.

The Navy said Thursday that it was developing a response.

The commander-in-chief's exact words: The Navy should be "going to goddamned steam". Not good. Doesn't have the power.' You know the steam is just brutal.

The Gerald R. Ford is now undergoing a series of sea trials. "And that design change would run throughout the entire ship because of the power required for the new system". "You see that sucker going and steam's going all over the place, there's planes thrown in the air'". The new system has struggled in testing and could again boost the cost of the ships, but the Navy made a decision to stay with the new system on not only the Ford, but the Kennedy carrier that is now under construction.

"Being able to reliability regulate the launch speed at which something goes off the boat, then not ruin that aircraft over time and not have excessive wear and tear is [done] better with an electric catapult", said John "JV" Venable, a senior research fellow for defense policy at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based conservative think tank. Those are the two primary systems controlling the take-off and landing of aircraft from the carriers.

President Trump Demands 'Goddamned Steam' Catapults in Time Interview