Obama Team Pressures Bailed-out Citigroup To Nix Private Jet Purchase

The President of the United States actively demanding that corporate fat cats quit abusing taxpayer money? That's certainly Change I can believe in.

The President of the United States actively demanding that corporate fat cats quit abusing taxpayer money? That's certainly Change I can believe in.

ABC:

The high-flying execs at Citigroup caved under pressure from President Obama and decided today to abandon plans for a luxurious new $50 million corporate jet from France.

The bank used TARP funds to purchase a new corporate jet for executives.

The decision came 24 hours after the banking giant, which was rescued by a $45 billion taxpayer lifeline, defended buying the state-of-the-art Dassault Falcon 7X -- one of nine to be flying in U.S. skies -- as a smart business deal.

The jet, the epitome of corporate prestige and privilege, can carry 12 passengers in elegant comfort.

ABC News has learned that on Monday officials of the Obama administration called Citigroup about the company's new $50 million corporate jet and told execs to "fix it."

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