On Tuesday, President Donald Trump got back to work, (on Twitter, of course) where he was quick to try and take credit for what turned out to be the safest year on record for commercial aviation, tweeting:
“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!”
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
A recently released report from the Aviation Safety Network showed that there were no deaths reported on any commercial flights around the world in the past year. They did note, however, that there has not been a single commercial airline crash with fatalities since early 2009, according to the report.
For nearly a decade now, commercial air travel has maintained an impeccable safety record in America, with the last deadly commuter plane crash taking place in Hawaii back in 2013.
President Trump’s bragging that he has any part in the recent safety record comes as a laughable surprise to most, especially since he has done nothing to try and increase airline safety. Rightfully, there are people coming out in droves in order to mock Trump by asking exactly what it is that he has done to contribute to the air travel safety record. People also slammed the President for making a claim, without evidence, naturally, that a global achievement for all was somehow his undertaking.
Here is a look at the reaction from Twitter followers:
It is a little known fact that all commercial pilots and air traffic controllers are now told, when they come on duty, that Donald Trump is the president and they need to be extra primo careful. Narcissism is too gentle a word; this stuff is batshit crazy. https://t.co/D7zHv0oTKw
— David Simon (@AoDespair) January 2, 2018
Yes, this is unbelievably stupid, but also one of his most telling tweets. He’s taking credit for literally nothing. 1/ https://t.co/AuXdZI0lBQ
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) January 2, 2018
While 2017 was an astoundingly good year in aviation globally, it is the *eighth year in a row* of zero passenger deaths from crashes in scheduled service on US airlines. https://t.co/lc8D5AxWCB
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) January 2, 2018
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) January 2, 2018
12 people, including 10 Americans, killed in Costa Rican plane crash within past 48 hours. https://t.co/eXvS6Xq7Br Not a regularly scheduled flight, but dead all the same. Trump's boast is not only stupid, but heartless https://t.co/N6gKcjtw01
— David Frum (@davidfrum) January 2, 2018