The president’s world revolves around him. Just behold the fact that he finds incessantly sending tweet jabs at his opponents to be no big deal, even though he is the president of the United States and has other things that he’s supposed to be doing.
Considering this, it’s unsurprising that the president claimed credit for the fact that there were no commercial passenger jet deaths last year.
Data revealing the relatively safe year for air travel came out on Monday, and on Tuesday, Trump wrote on Twitter as follows:
‘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!’
Trump has done nothing to make him able to rightfully claim responsibility for the fact that there were, as the Associated Press puts it, no commercial passenger jet deaths in 2017. There were, to be precise, two fatal airline crashes reported by the Dutch aviation consultancy To70 and the Aviation Safety Network, the interests responsible for the numbers. Those crashes, however, both involved small, regionally operating aircraft.
In 2016, the interests reported a total of six fatal accidents.
Trump has quite literally done nothing of any significance in this area. He proposed privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system, but that plan hasn’t gotten off of the ground. The AP notes that he hasn’t even “moved forward” on a regulation pushed for by the Obama Administration to keep flammable batteries off of aircraft
And yet, here the president is anyway, taking credit for how safe airlines were in 2017 as if it has anything to do with him at all. When pressed for comment, White House spokesperson Raj Shah pointed to additional screening of passengers at foreign airports that the U.S. implemented last year in an effort to prevent terror attacks and the aforementioned, stalled plan to privatize air traffic control.