While meeting with airline executives, President Trump went on a rant that was based on stuff his personal pilot told him that was both unpresidential and made zero sense.
According to the White House pool report as provided to PoliticusUSA Trump said:
“I’m thrilled to welcome the leaders of the airline industry to the White House.”
POTUS congratulated airlines at succeeding “despite the bad equipment that the airport gives you, in many cases”
“I have a pilot who’s a real expert,” POTUS said, noting that his pilot has said airlines are often provided with “the wrong stuff.”
“Let’s order the right equipment. Probably the wrong equipment cost more.” POTUS said.
“We want the traveling public to have the greatest customer service and with an absolute minimum of delays.”
“We spent six trillion dollars in the Middle East, we got nothing.” POTUS continued.
“And we have an obsolete plane system, we have obsolete airports.
Every day in the White House plays like a bad Alec Baldwin SNL parody. Trump is calling all of these meetings with industry CEOs, but instead of talking about policy, which he seems to know nothing about, he brags about how great his rich guy stuff is, or he rants about how crappy everything in the US is compared to the $6 trillion spent on wars in the Middle East.
Trump’s whole infrastructure argument is that we should have spent the money rebuilding America instead of Iraq and Afghanistan, which is a point that a lot of Americans would agree with, but Donald Trump is the president now, so it is up to him to actually provide a plan for how to rebuild US infrastructure with a Republican-controlled Congress that doesn’t want to allocate and spend the money.
The reason why President Trump is flopping is that he is treating the presidency as a political campaign. There is no concept of governing in the mind of Trump. The President is still using his same campaign talking points and offering no solutions. Telling airline execs to “order the right equipment” is incoherent gibberish.
Trump’s rants may work well for his fans as tweets, but they make for lousy policy when it comes to running the country.