U.S. President Donald Trump has said a lot of strange things during his two and a half years as the nation’s leader. This past fourth of July gave us yet another strange phrase to chuckle at. In a speech during Independence Day celebrations in Washington D.C., Trump spoke of the valor, courage, and accomplishments of the Continental Army: Ramming the ramparts and taking over the… airports?
Now, it should be quite apparent to most people that airports were not really a thing back when revolutionary war troops fought for independence in 1775.
(For anyone wondering, the first airport is believed to be College Park Airport in Maryland, USA – founded in 1909, according to aviation training website BAA Training.)
With the rain coming down, President Trump hosted his “Salute to America” event and addressed the crowd with an inspirational speech. Part of this speech paid tribute to the soldiers who fought for independence from the British:
“Our army manned the [unclear]. It rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports. It did everything it had to do. And at Fort McHenry, under the rockets’ red glare, it had nothing but victory. And when dawn came, their star-spangled banner waved defiant.”
Later, when confronted with his obvious mistake, President Trump put the blame on a malfunctioning teleprompter saying the following:
“Yeah, the teleprompter went out…It kept going on. And then, at the end, it just went out. It went kaput.”
Of course Twitter had a field day with the comment. Here are some of the ‘highlights’ poking fun at the big mistake:
— Sarah West (@sarahwestdcca) July 5, 2019
— LionO*s_Jungle (@jungle_os) July 5, 2019
Dearest Martha, please find enclosed a tracking number for my lost luggage at Philadelphia. It shall arrive to Mount Vernon via carriage in 21-25 days. Also enclosed is a receipt for the cost of parking my horse at Dulles for the weekend. #RevolutionaryWarAirportStories
— Shawna 🇺🇸⚔️🇬🇧 (@shawna1776) July 5, 2019
Other aviation-related musings by Trump
Here are some other notable aviation-related tweets and remarks made by President Donald Trump since he took office over two years ago:
1. 737 MAX Rebrand: After the Ethiopian Airlines crash led to the grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, this is the advice Trump indirectly gave to Boeing:
What do I know about branding, maybe nothing (but I did become President!), but if I were Boeing, I would FIX the Boeing 737 MAX, add some additional great features, & REBRAND the plane with a new name.
No product has suffered like this one. But again, what the hell do I know?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
2. Airplanes are too complicated: Commenting on the complexities of modern aircraft, Trump accused manufacturers of making aircraft that needed “computer scientists from MIT” and “Albert Einstein” to fly the planes. In fact, here is the second part of his Twitter rant:
….needed, and the complexity creates danger. All of this for great cost yet very little gain. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Albert Einstein to be my pilot. I want great flying professionals that are allowed to easily and quickly take control of a plane!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2019
3. Overpriced Air Force One: Finally, we’ll end with an early Trump tweet where he calls out Boeing for making Air Force One too expensive:
Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2016
While Trump has made many, many inaccurate claims and seemingly random remarks on Twitter, the examples above seem to be a little less crazy – or at least they come from a good place:
Yes, the 737 MAX could use a rebrand once its fundamental flaws are eliminated. The “MAX” name is now tarnished forever and will always be associated with the scandal and crisis.
Yes, the dominance of computerization (MCAS) in the flight process was a factor in the 737 MAX crashes.
And yes, there have been reports of defence contractors taking advantage of the U.S. Government’s deep pockets, unfairly inflating the price.
However, even though we can try our best to understand the reasoning behind all of Trump’s comments, there were definitely no airports in 1775.
What do you think of his excuse? Did the teleprompter really cut out or is he just reluctant to own a mistake?