- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 9, 2017

President Trump told airline industry executives Thursday that he would roll back regulations and promote investment in airports, saying U.S. transportation infrastructure had grown obsolete and fallen into disrepair.

The president said that after years of neglect he was putting the focus back on the U.S.

“We spent six trillion dollars in the Middle East, we got nothing.” he said at the breakfast meeting at the White House. “And we have an obsolete plane system. We have obsolete airports. We have obsolete trains. We have bad roads.

“We want the traveling public to have the greatest customer service and with an absolute minimum of delays,” Mr. Trump said.

He said that within the next few weeks he would announce an economic plan that would be “phenomenal in terms of tax,” helping airlines and other major industries to expand business and hire more people.

Mr. Trump also pledged that he would be rolling back the “morass” of regulations that he said stymied business growth in America.

The executives at the meeting in the State Dining Room included United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz, Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian and Southwest Airlines CEO Gary C. Kelly.

The meeting was the latest in a series of the president’s “listening sessions” with business and labor leaders as he fine-tunes his economic agenda.

• S.A. Miller can be reached at smiller@washingtontimes.com.

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