In an early morning tweet today, Donald Trump tried to take credit for 2017 being the safest year on record for commercial aviation, attributing it to his having been “very strict” on the industry.
Let’s examine the facts, shall we? As far as domestic US aviation, 2016 and 2015 were just as safe as 2017. The reality is that there hasn’t been a fatal commercial airplane crash in the United States since February 2009. So for the US, there’s been no statistical change to suggest that anything Trump has done has had a major impact.
The Trump administration did announce new security measures in June for flights entering the United States from abroad. But the new rules related to additional basic security questions and enhanced screenings for a selected group of passengers (i .e., Muslims) on each US-bound flight. It didn’t include any new or more strict aircraft safety measures.
Also, the commercial aviation statistics cited in Trump’s tweet refer to aviation safety worldwide, not just in the US. So Trump, the US president, is claiming credit for worldwide aviation safety. Does he think he’s king of the world?
This man is seriously delusional.