Trump plans to privatize air traffic control systems in infrastructure reform


On Monday, President Trump is expected to announce his intent to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system as part of his infrastructure reform plan.

According to multiple sources including a White House official, ABC News and the Washington Post, the Trump administration will hold multiple events this week focused on the president’s infrastructure rebuilding initiative.

The infrastructure-related announcements come as former FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify before Congress Thursday regarding the Russia investigation that has overshadowed many Trump administration accomplishments.

Trump will be joined by executives from major airlines at the Monday announcement at the White House regarding the privatization of air traffic control.

Trump’s perspective on air traffic control was reported following his February meeting with airline CEOs. The Federal Aviation Administration took issue with Trump’s idea of privatization, releasing a statement noting that the FAA has already spent $7.5 billion appropriated by Congress to update the air traffic control system.

Another facet of Trump’s infrastructure plan will be unveiled when he travels to Cincinnati on Wednesday where he will speak about $1 trillion of new investments in roads, waterways and other infrastructure. The president’s full official plan is expected to be revealed later this summer.

On Thursday, the day of Comey’s testimony, Trump will host a bipartisan group of mayors and governors at the White House for an “infrastructure summit.”

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