AP FACT CHECK: Trump and team on air safety, vets, pollution
WASHINGTON/January 07, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —It’s been a week of bogus boasting by President Donald Trump and members of his administration as they took unearned credit for airline safety, pollution cleanup and major advances in care for veterans.
The president ignored fatality-free years in aviation during the Obama administration when he declared 2017 the safest year on record and suggested that was because he’s kept a sharp eye on airlines.
He represented routine and ceremonial proclamations recognizing a day in remembrance of Pearl Harbor and a month in honor of military families as substantive achievements that improved care for veterans.
And his Environmental Protection Agency took credit for completing work on seven Superfund sites even though the actual cleaning was done by President Barack Obama’s EPA.
Here’s a look:
TRUMP: “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!” — tweet Monday.
THE FACTS: It’s been 4½ years since the last deaths involving a scheduled passenger airline in the U.S. Three passengers died in the crash of an Asiana Airlines plane while landing at San Francisco International Airport in July 2013. It’s been almost nine years