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Trump criticized US airports, planes and infrastructure in a meeting with airline leaders


UPDATE 10:30 a.m.:

President Trump criticized the state of U.S. airplanes and airports during a meeting with airline CEOs and airport officials, saying they were at the "bottom of the rung" compared to the rest of the world. He said he would seek the "best customer service" and "minimal delays" at the "lowest cost." 

He promised massive cuts in regulations and promised something "phenomenal in terms of tax" in the coming weeks.

We have an obsolete plane system. We have obsolete airports. We have obsolete trains. We have bad roads.
President Trump


President Trump will be meeting with the CEOs of leading airlines and airport officials Wednesday morning.

Trump is no stranger to the airline business. He ran his own short-lived Trump Airlines from 1989 to 1992. Here are the three things that will probably come up -- and two that should but probably won't. 

We are talking about U.S. jobs both in terms of the people who are serving those plans and the person who is building those planes.
Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary


The White House already said this will be a key focus of the discussion.

Foreign competition

This is intrinsically tied to the jobs discussion. Emirates, Etihad and Qatar airlines allegedly received $50 billion in subsidies in the past decade, USA Today reports. The foreign airlines denied this claim, but domestic airlines still claim each new route lost to Gulf Air costs 1,500 U.S. jobs 

But this may get tricky, since four smaller airlines support the "open skies" treaties the U.S. has with foreign governments, claiming they promote competition, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The travel ban

Naturally, airlines play a key role in the travel ban. Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines, told his employees the ban "does not affect the values that this company is built upon."

While the airlines speaking to Trump don't directly serve countries affected by the travel ban, their international partners do. 

Delta passengers wait in line at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after Delta Air Lines grounded all domestic flights due to automation issues, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)

What should come up: Computer glitches

Delta and United both saw computer glitches ground their flights for hours last month. Last year, Southwest and Delta had massive cancellations due to glitches. 

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The Dulles International Airport Air Traffic Control Tower is seen from beneath the nose of a UPS Boeing 767-300F aircraft in Sterling, Va., Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Ancient air traffic: The core of U.S. air traffic control dates back to the 1970s, according to Wired. Dozens of countries run much more efficient, privatized systems, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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