America’s asterisk president claimed responsibility for global airline safety in a tweet today. Which is weird, since Donald Trump has taken no action whatsoever regarding aviation safety in 2017 except vow to reduce industry regulation.
As usual, the alleged president made his nonsensical assertion in a tweet after watching a segment on Fox News.
Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation. Good news – it was just reported that there were Zero deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018
If Trump was a rooster, he’d try to take credit for the sunrise. https://t.co/skM1Y2Szjj
— Jesse Ferguson (@JesseFFerguson) January 2, 2018
Donald had absolutely nothing to do with either trend. If anything, Trump has made loud noises about going in the exact opposite direction.
Is he saying that he IMPOSED government regulation on an industry and it MADE THAT INDUSTRY SAFER?
Because it sounds a lot like that’s what he’s saying. https://t.co/YETNBFJasS
— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) January 2, 2018
“It’s hard to find any evidence to back the president’s assertion that he has ‘been very strict on Commercial Aviation,'” David Graham writes at The Atlantic. “In fact, it’s hard to find any evidence that Trump has affected aviation at all.”
If anything, Trump has promised to loosen regulations on aviation. Meeting with airlines executives in February 2017, Trump complained of a “regulatory morass that’s a disaster” and said he’d loosen “burdensome regulations.” In June, the president proposed privatizing air-traffic control, though that idea was more related to moving jobs off the federal payroll than safety concerns. In September, responding to the president’s call for regulations to cut, an industry panel recommended the FAA scale back or eliminate dozens of safety rules.
Donald Trump does not need safety rules or pesky regulations. Instead, Donald Trump has “a very good brain” that knows all about running airlines into the ground. Remember? His three-year experiment in luxury airline ownership was a miserable failure, but it was also a remarkable preview of his political pugilism.
When Donald Trump’s new airline, the Trump Shuttle, launched on a summer day in 1989, tuxedoed waiters with white gloves passed out smoked salmon, honey chicken skewers, and chocolate truffles. It was early in the day, but champagne flowed at Logan Airport.
After a string quartet rested its bows, Trump took the microphone and struck a discordant note: He railed against Pan Am, his rival in the shuttle business. He suggested Pan Am’s flights were unsafe, that the company was strapped for cash and couldn’t spend as much to maintain planes as Trump Shuttle.
“I’m not criticizing Pan Am,” Trump said that day. “I’m just speaking facts.”
Executives at Trump’s newest venture were aghast. In a highly competitive business, one in which Trump had no experience, the new boss had tossed decorum to the wind and made claims he had no evidence to support.
Three months after Trump defied industry protocol by attacking another airline’s safety record, one of his Boeing 727s experienced a nose landing gear failure and made a dramatic controlled crash landing in Boston. Awkward!
Just think what Donald Trump can do for airline passengers across the country — and all around the world — if he really set his brilliant mind to the job.
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