This morning Donald Trump found another statistic for which to take credit.
In 2017, there were no commercial air travel-related deaths anywhere in the world.
The Trumpster immediately shouldered the credit 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
There were two crashes on New Year’s Eve but were not officially counted in the report as both aircraft weighed under 5,700kg — the threshold for the report from aviation consultancy firm To70.
In that the report was about world-wide air travel, I’m not sure how much influence Trump has over all that.
But as several smart folks noted, there hasn’t been a death related to commercial air flight in the U.S. since 2009.
So – #ThanksObama
Nobody has died in a U.S. airline crash since 2009 https://t.co/JZKOXzpUGF
— Andrew Restuccia (@AndrewRestuccia) January 2, 2018
There hasn’t been a death on a commercial flight in the US in 8 years https://t.co/CnwVTXRXuy
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) January 2, 2018