Trump Wants His Personal Pilot To Run The FAA

Axios reports:

The president’s personal pilot is on the administration’s short list to head the Federal Aviation Administration. Trump has told a host of administration officials and associates that he wants John Dunkin — his longtime personal pilot, who flew him around the country on Trump Force One during the campaign — to helm the agency, which has a budget in the billions and which oversees all civil aviation in the United States.

  • Friday

    You’ve got to wonder if incompetence and nepotistic ties just make Drumph feel better about himself or something.

    • LesbianTippingHabits


      I agree Donald Trump is the smartest person in the Administration.

      • Dazzer

        That – genuinely – made me laugh.

        Well done.

    • Charlie 2001

      Trump doesn’t see the need for qualifications to be a consideration is
      filling positions. After all look how qualified he was to be President
      (i.e. not at all).

    • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

      He wants people that he is familiar with who have proven loyalty. Competence is irrelevant.

      • Gerry Fisher

        This x 1000

      • GayOldLady

        People he already has an NDA with.

        • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

          I hereby designate you Miss Smarty Pants, because that is a brilliant and likely true observations.

          • GayOldLady

            😀 Good morning Skokie, how are you this fine day?

          • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

            I woke up and the world still exists [good]
            Trump is still President [bad]
            The entire Republican organized crime ring still exists and hasn’t been raptured [bad]
            My elderly wiener dog also woke up this morning [very good]

            So the glass is half full but the water is damn cloudy.

            How are you this morning?

          • GayOldLady

            I’m having vertigo this morning but I woke up..good.
            Nothing much has changed in the political world..bad
            My precious 14 year old Chihuahua not doing well..bad
            My wife is doing well..good
            So I’m thinking, at my age batting.500 Good

          • Paula

            I knew that I would get old. I just didn’t know it would happen so quickly. 🤬🤬🤬🤬

          • Galvestonian

            Yeah … remember when you just turned 12 and it was the last day of school before summer — it seemed like those summers lasted longer than they do now. Hell now you ponk into New Years Day and then suddenly someone is telling you that next Monday is Labor Day and all you remember about the past few weeks is that you had a couple of hot days and then it’s New Years again.

          • GayOldLady

            I have a friend who says, “If I had known I was going to live to be old, I would have taken better care of myself”. 😀

          • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

            Well if love and belly rubs cured all, our furry kids would be doing better.

            When the world is ugly, we can be grateful for what and who we have. Hugs to you and your wife and internet nose-kisses to your doggie.

          • GayOldLady

            Same to you and yours Skokie.

          • Professor Barnhardt

            My elderly wiener woke up this morning too, but you don’t hear me boasting about it.

            Oh, wiener dog. That’s different. Never mind.

          • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

            Mine loves having her belly rubbed, I bet yours…

            Never mind…

      • northern_neighbour

        I dunno, so far his personal pilot has only let the rest of us down, (by not crashing the plane). Thus from Cheetolini’s POV this guy should be a Slam Dunkin’

        I mean whether its ‘rocket science’ or not, it’s just a few more planes UP IN THE AIR. Fly one and you can fly em all, no? And hell they can get the Donald’s bookkeeper to schedule stuff and what not …. /s

    • CanuckDon

      Absolutely. I have a brother-in-law with a similar personality as Trump…constantly thinking dollars, corrupt business practices, a trail of people he’s shit on. But he’ll occasionally go out of his way to give someone he deems lesser than him a job to satisfy unconscious guilt and with a notion that he’s got someone loyal to him.

      • Tread

        I have no problem fucking those people over by anonymously reporting their shady business practices to the authorities. We need to stop being complacent about assholism.

      • ColdCountry

        “That doesn’t mean anything. You let one of them go, but that’s nothing new. Every now and then, a little victim’s spared, because she smiled, ’cause he’s got freckles, ’cause they begged. And that’s how you live with yourself. That’s how you slaughter millions, because once in a while, on a whim, if the winds in the right direction, you happen to be kind.”

        ~Nine

    • Todd20036

      It’s pretty much how he ran his businesses his entire life. And the GOP congress won’t stop him.

  • Nate

    Well I guess I won’t be flying anymore.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      It doesn’t sound like that’s going to be of much help. Gravity.

  • Reality.Bites

    Assuming he’s a competent, properly licensed pilot, he’s a lot more qualified than most of Trump’s appointees.

    • LesbianTippingHabits


      He clearly knows quite a lot about flying airplanes.

      What, if anything, does he know about leading large organizations?

      H e l – l o !

      • Gerry Fisher

        Ohhh…*details*!

      • Chucktech

        Pffft. What does Trump know about leading a large country?

        • LesbianTippingHabits


          Thank you for your e-mail.

          In answer to your question, Donald Trump knew enough about leading a large country that, under that country’s Constitution, he won the election for President of the United States. That’s all that matters, unfortunately.

          And we all know why that happened, unfortunately.

          And, yes, that someone made crucial – bad – decisions.

          Sad !

  • perversatile
    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      “Only the best people.”

    • Gerry Fisher

      That’s really twisted. I love it!

      • perversatile

        The fabulous Kiszkiloszki.tumblr.com

  • Wisterley

    Dana Millbank FTW.

    • ColdCountry

      That tweet made me snort coffee out my nose. Perfect reasoning!

  • Stogiebear

    What a fucking thing to wake up to and the coffee’s not even ready.

    NOW THAT THE COFFEE’S READY EDIT : Everyone he’s chosen to head anything in this administration has been chosen to destroy it. Think about that the next time you hear a plane going overhead. ITMFA.

    • netxtown

      oh no…this is gag-able. Wait till you see the next post….

  • Boreal
  • LesbianTippingHabits


    As the United States of America goes the fate of Trump Airlines/Trump Shuttle.

  • SoCalGal20

    Gross.

    https://twitter.com/cnnpolitics/status/968078714880786433

    And MSD students are aware that this happened and are rightfully pissed.

    https://twitter.com/morganw_44/status/967906208828018690

  • SoCalGal20

    LMAO. Technology, how does it work? (Hint: Invest in Adobe Acrobat Pro and an admin assistant)..

    https://twitter.com/slate/status/967791731126259712

    • JCF

      Heh-heh, I can relate (good thing I’m not a oligarch-wannabee trying to screw over my country for my personal benefit, eh?).

    • Christopher

      Hey, at least he saved this country millions in tax dollars. No need to hire a forensic computer examiner when you’re just gonna pull a “Hansel & Gretel” by leaving breadcrumbs to follow.

      So, thanks for being an idiot Manafort!
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8ad664e3a4c960c4b77314fdb98804fbe830facc295afa8fb55ac7eda16829ce.jpg

    • Halou

      He’s been getting away with it for decades, I think it is less a lack of skill on his part and more of him leaving out something that he’s never needed to do before.

    • April

      He probably still has dial up…

      • Chucktech

        AOL…

        • LesbianTippingHabits


          Like John Podesta. H e l – l o ! Sad !

    • Todd20036

      This administration’s saving grace, is that they’re all morons.

      • canoebum

        It’s really our saving grace, but your point is well taken.

      • Judas Peckerwood

        It’s not the stupidity so much as the hubris.

    • Tom Mears

      Sad thing is that a savy person with the right tool (i.e. the pro version of Acrobat or any number of shareware programs) can edit the PDF itself. PDFs “printed” to a file from anything other than a scanner are simply the text of the document with hidden formatting commands embedded. They can be seamlessly edited with no easily identifiable record of the change. Retain only the actual printed paper version and the edit would be untraceable.

      • SoCalGal20

        If Paul Manafort had only used Google lol. (Thankfully for us and Robert Mueller he didn’t)

    • Amanda B. Rekendwith
  • KnownDonorDad

    I hope he never, ever replaces Francis Collins as head of the NIH.

  • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

    Well he does know how to fly a plane which makes him more qualified than Ben Carson or Betsy DeVos.

    • Halou

      Ben Carson is black, so of course he is the man to lead the HUD office. /s

      • Mikey

        Isn’t there a “Department of My Black People”? which will eventually be changed to the “Department of Segregated labour Forces” and then finally the ultimate GOP goal: “The Department of Slavery”.

        • Kruhn

          Meanwhile Abraham Lincoln will be dancing the Macarena in his grave.

  • caphillprof

    Ousay and Uday were bad enough, now daddy is channeling Saddam himself

  • Halou

    And the GOP Congress will approve the appointment no questions asked.

  • Kevin Andrews

    The mentally I’ll Shitgibbon, cock-holster for Putin, is nothing more than Gilded Feces in the Septic tank of Daddy’s whore house cash.
    The Treasonous GOTP Senate will rubber-stamp this and the only redeeming fact is; at least the pilot is qualified.
    I hope that this on destroys AF1 like Pruitt has the EPA, Pai the FCC, the Scamway Queen Education and Kelly the Whitey House staff and protocol.
    The treason of the Shitgibbon is defined in the destruction of the agencies each Fascist was assigned.

  • Halou

    I’m just going to guess here, the guy wants to disband the FAA?

    • Chris Baker

      What do we need the FAA for anymore? Modern planes have auto-pilot.

      /sarcasm

  • lymis

    And if he gets confirmed, then we need to blame the Senate as well. They are clearly not doing their job. It’s one thing to slide through a qualified Friend of Trump, but it’s not to approve stylists and party planners and failed racecourse owners – or pilots.

    What’s next, his bodyguard as Secretary of Defense?

    • thatotherjean

      Trump has friends qualified for posts in government? Why hasn’t he appointed any of them, instead of his useless idiot friends?

  • rextrek

    Now Imagine President Obama doing THIS? how would the Rightwing Hypocrites be reacting? One guess…..

    • Chucktech

      That’s the problem: You can’t imagine Obama doing any of this shit.

  • GayOldLady

    What’s next? Will he appointment his Limo driver Secretary of Transportation? His housekeeper, HUD Secretary. His personal bodyguard, head of the Secret Service?

    • ColdCountry

      Sounds about right. He is running out of people to choose from.

  • greenmanTN

    Since this guy actually can pilot a plane, he might be the most competent person Trump has ever appointed!

    • William

      Thank you tor pointing out the bright side.

      • greenmanTN

        That’s me all over, an optimist! 🙄

    • Mikey

      Well, and the reverse is: he may be able to fly the plane, but can he run the department that regulates them?

      Ford didn’t choose its CEO because he knew how to drive a car.

      • Chucktech

        Yeah, but unlike Trump and governance, this guy actually knows something about airplanes.

      • ColdCountry

        Which brings to mind that famous exchange:
        “I didn’t know you could fly a plane.”
        “Fly, yes. Land, NO!”

        A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, but in this case, I suppose it’s better than Rick Perry as head of the Energy Dept.

    • Duh-David

      Everyone who eats thinks they can run a restaurant.

      • LesbianTippingHabits


        Yes, but don’t forget to tip generously for good service.

        Remember, tips are good karma. And karma never lies.

        And only the wait staff knows for sure. Just ask you-know-who.

        Thank you.

  • Harveyrabbit
  • JT

    Another Drumpf outrage added to the Mount Everest that already exists.

    • Ann Kah

      It’s just the lazy man’s way of doing it, “Hey, I know a pilot…”

      He has never drawn up a list of people for any job, never assessed their credentials, never had an underling doing background research. He actually came into the White House assuming that the kitchen staff came with the house, not knowing that he would have to staff the place from scratch. He is the equivalent of the “dog ate my homework” kid, always an excuse because he didn’t prepare.

  • TexasBoy

    While I agree it is a great idea for the FAA chief to also be a trained commercial pilot, it should not be the only qualification. One needs an intimate knowledge of commercial aircraft, from the design phase, to manufacturing, as well as being familiar with the mechanical/hydraulic/electrical systems of an aircraft.

    • LesbianTippingHabits


      I think one really needs to know how to lead a large organization.

      One can hire experts for the other things. Thank you.

  • Paula

    He wants someone he can control while he is gutting the FAA.

  • thatotherjean

    You can’t make this shit up. Trump’s pilot may be a very fine pilot, but that’s not the entire skill set that’s needed to run the FAA. Trump has already filled his administration with Friends of Trump who know nothing about the agencies they’re being tasked to oversee. Putin must be thrilled with the chaos Trump’s causing in our government. We don’t need any more.

  • ColdCountry

    He’s qualified, he knows how to say, “Yes, Sir!” to Dump. Fewer and fewer do.

  • Jim Maloney

    Equally impacting the lives of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. That’s rare for him.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    And Murika will cheer this like the loyal, deluded meth addled seals that they are…meanwhile, America continues to cringe, but not much else. So who’s really at fault at this point. I say again, you had a revolution over less than what this asshole is pulling.

  • Kruhn

    And let me guess, we’ll deregulate the ATC system, force air traffic controllers work 16-hour days, and when one controller in DC National, who after a double shift, in the middle of the night, dozes off (I’ve done a graveyard shift, and the 4:00-6:00 a.m. hour is the toughest slog in the world as no one is around and you close your eyes for five minutes and then realize an hour has passed) and they will fire each of them getting 17-year olds to do the job.

    I’m surprised Cadet Bone Spurs didn’t nominate him for the Chairman of the NTSB. At least they have not been involved in any air accident investigations, except perhaps as consultants in a few years.