Jan 2, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Trump claims credit for "safest year" in commercial aviation

In a morning tweet, President Trump tied new reports from Dutch consulting firm To70 and the Aviation Safety Network that called 2017 the safest year in commercial aviation history to his "strict" action on the industry during his first year in office.

Yes, but: There hasn't been a fatal commercial crash in the United States since 2009, when Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed in upstate New York. And Trump's "strict" action on aviation involved backing a controversial proposal to privatize air traffic control nationwide, which stalled out in the House late last year, per The Hill.

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