Trump touts sale of fighter jets, including F-52

Posted at 9:01 PM, Jan 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-11 21:01:20-05

(CNN) - On Wednesday, President Trump announced the sale of 52 F-52 and F-35 fighter jets to Norway.

The problem is, there is no indication that the F-52 fighter jet exists. 

"In November we started delivering the first F-52s and F-35 fighter jets," Trump said. "We have a total of 52, and they've delivered a number of them already, a little ahead of schedule. It's a $10-billion order."

During a news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Trump said the fighter jets were delivered to Norway.

Trump touted the sale of the fictional jets as an apparent attempt to prove growing economic and defense ties between the two nations.

Trump's affinity for promoting foreign military sales has been well documented over the course of his presidency, but his latest remarks have raised some eyebrows. 

The problem: the F-52 jet only exists in "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare," according to the Washington Post.

However, the F-35 is a very real and controversial military machine. 

With a $400-billion price tag that is double the original budget, the F-35 is the most expensive weapons program in history.

The White House didn't immediately respond to CNN's request for clarification on Trump's comments. 

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