In the early days of 2018, President Trump has already been stirring up major controversy on his @realDonaldTrump Twitter handle. Aside from meddling in foreign affairs and playing a game of "Whose Nuclear Button Is Bigger?" with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, the U.S. leader has also managed to credit himself for last year's commercial aviation feats. Please, everyone, see Donald Trump's tweet taking credit for 2017 airline safety, embedded below.
The President wrote, "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!"
But here's the thing: It's not really Trump's credit to take. According to Travel + Leisure, his "biggest move," which hasn't passed through Congress yet, has been privatizing air traffic control.
It's also worth noting that the Federal Aviation Administration's leader, Michael P. Huerta, has been in his post since 2013, so if anyone has improved aviation safety, it's Huerta... not Trump.
U.S.-based airlines actually haven't experienced a fatal incident since 2009, CNN's aviation editor, Jon Ostrower, reports. So regardless of thunder-stealing attempts, 2017 was a safe year in the skies... just maybe not to the President's credit.
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