Trump Wants His Private Pilot to Run the FAA Because He Promised to End Delays
President Donald Trump is considering his longtime personal pilot John Dunkin to head up the FAA, according to Axios. Things have gotten so far that sources told the outlet the president has already recommended Dunkin for the job, and that Dunkin has sat for at least one interview for the role.
This isn't the first time Trump has mentioned Dunkin: The Washington Post reported that Trump told airline executives last year that his personal pilot was one of his primary sources for information on aviation in the U.S.
“I have a pilot who's a real expert,” Trump said about Dunkin to airline executives last year, according to the Washington Post. “My pilot, he's a smart guy, and he knows what's going on.”
While sources told the outlets it wasn't a done deal, administration officials backed the idea.
“He’s on the list because he's the president’s pilot, but if he gets the job it won't be because he's the president's pilot,” an unnamed source told Axios.
According to Axios, when flying Trump around the country during his campaign the two would often find themselves sitting on the tarmac waiting on a delay. He reportedly told Trump that if he were the head of the FAA none of that would happen.