What Really Happened At Trump’s Airline Meeting? | NBC News Now

What Really Happened At Trump’s Airline Meeting? | NBC News Now


>>THEY YOU VERY MUCH. APPRECIATE IT. APPRECIATE IT.>>>LAST WEEK THE WHITE HOUSE>>>LAST WEEK THE WHITE HOUSE HOSTED SEVERAL AIRLINE HOSTED SEVERAL AIRLINE EXECUTIVES TO DISCUSS AN ONGOING EXECUTIVES TO DISCUSS AN ONGOING DISPUTE WITH AIR CARRIERS IN THE DISPUTE WITH AIR CARRIERS IN THE MIDDLE EAST. MIDDLE EAST. OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS, OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS, COMPANIES LIKE AMERICAN, DELTA COMPANIES LIKE AMERICAN, DELTA AND UNITED HAVE ACCUSED QATAR AND UNITED HAVE ACCUSED QATAR AIRWAYS AND TWO EMERATES AIRWAYS AND TWO EMERATES AIRLINES OF RECEIVING UNFAIR AIRLINES OF RECEIVING UNFAIR GOVERNMENT SUPPORT ALLOWING THEM GOVERNMENT SUPPORT ALLOWING THEM TO OFFER FLIGHTS FROM THE TOUS TO OFFER FLIGHTS FROM THE TOUS EUROPE AT BELOW MARKET FARES. EUROPE AT BELOW MARKET FARES. PRESIDENT TRUMP SIDED AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP SIDED AGAINST THE U.S. CARRIERS ENDING THE THE U.S. CARRIERS ENDING THE MEETING WITHOUT ANY REAL MEETING WITHOUT ANY REAL SOLUTIONS. SOLUTIONS. NBC NEWS POLITICAL REPORTER JOSH NBC NEWS POLITICAL REPORTER JOSH LETTERMAN IS HERE TO EXPLAIN LETTERMAN IS HERE TO EXPLAIN WHAT ACTUALLY WENT DOWN AT THAT WHAT ACTUALLY WENT DOWN AT THAT MEETING. MEETING. JOSH? JOSH?>>Reporter: THIS IS A CRAZY>>Reporter: THIS IS A CRAZY STORY. STORY. IT REALLY SHOWS HOW THE IT REALLY SHOWS HOW THE PRESIDENT MAKES SOME OF HIS PRESIDENT MAKES SOME OF HIS DECISIONS ABOUT HOW TO OPERATE, DECISIONS ABOUT HOW TO OPERATE, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO BIG ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO BIG BUSINESSES AND EXECS WHEN THE BUSINESSES AND EXECS WHEN THE PRESIDENT FEELS LIKE HE’S AMONG PRESIDENT FEELS LIKE HE’S AMONG HIS PEERS. HIS PEERS. THIS DISPUTE HAS BEEN GOING ON THIS DISPUTE HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR A LONG TIME BETWEEN THE BIG FOR A LONG TIME BETWEEN THE BIG THREE U.S. AIRLINES. THREE U.S. AIRLINES. AMERICAN, UNITED AND DELTA. AMERICAN, UNITED AND DELTA. AND QATAR AIRWAYS ANDY OTHER AND QATAR AIRWAYS ANDY OTHER PERSIAN GULF AIRLINES. PERSIAN GULF AIRLINES. THE U.S. AIRLINES DIDN’T WANT THE U.S. AIRLINES DIDN’T WANT THYSELF OTHER AIRLINES FLYING THYSELF OTHER AIRLINES FLYING ROUTES THAT COMPETE WITH THEM ROUTES THAT COMPETE WITH THEM BETWEEN THE U.S.th IN AND EUROPE BETWEEN THE U.S.th IN AND EUROPE IF THEY COULD JUST GET THE IF THEY COULD JUST GET THE PRESIDENT’S ATTENTION DIRECTLY, PRESIDENT’S ATTENTION DIRECTLY, HE’D PROBABLY SIDE WITH THE HE’D PROBABLY SIDE WITH THE AMERICAN BUSINESSES, RIGHT? AMERICAN BUSINESSES, RIGHT? WELL, THAT ISN’T WHAT HAPPENED. WELL, THAT ISN’T WHAT HAPPENED. HE BLOCKED THEM ALL INTO A ROOM HE BLOCKED THEM ALL INTO A ROOM FOR THIS BIG HEATED MEETING WITH FOR THIS BIG HEATED MEETING WITH THE CEO OF THE QATAR AIRWAYS THE CEO OF THE QATAR AIRWAYS FROM THE OTHER SIDE. FROM THE OTHER SIDE. AND IT TURNED INTO A BIT OF A AND IT TURNED INTO A BIT OF A SHOUTING MATCH, ACCORDING TO TEN SHOUTING MATCH, ACCORDING TO TEN PEOPLE THAT NBC NEWS SPOKE WITH, PEOPLE THAT NBC NEWS SPOKE WITH, INCLUDING SENIOR OFFICIALS, INCLUDING SENIOR OFFICIALS, PEOPLE WHO WERE IN THE ROOM. PEOPLE WHO WERE IN THE ROOM. AND THE PRESIDENT BASICALLY WENT AND THE PRESIDENT BASICALLY WENT AFTER THE CEOs OF THE AMERICAN AFTER THE CEOs OF THE AMERICAN AIRLINES. AIRLINES. HE WENT AFTER AMERICAN AIRLINES, HE WENT AFTER AMERICAN AIRLINES, CEO IN PARTICULAR, KIND OF CEO IN PARTICULAR, KIND OF MAKING FUN OF HIM FOR THE FACT MAKING FUN OF HIM FOR THE FACT THAT HIS STOCK PRICE ISN’T DOING THAT HIS STOCK PRICE ISN’T DOING SO WELL. SO WELL. OVER THE LAST YEAR OR SO, THEIR OVER THE LAST YEAR OR SO, THEIR STOCK HASN’T BEEN DOING GREAT, STOCK HASN’T BEEN DOING GREAT, PARTICULARLY WHEN YOU COMPARE IT PARTICULARLY WHEN YOU COMPARE IT TO THE STOCK MARKET AS A WHOLE. TO THE STOCK MARKET AS A WHOLE. THIS IS THE S&P 500 WHICH THE THIS IS THE S&P 500 WHICH THE PRESIDENT LOVES TO TALK ABOUT PRESIDENT LOVES TO TALK ABOUT HOW WELL THEY HAVE BEEN DOING HOW WELL THEY HAVE BEEN DOING OVER THE LAST YEAR OR SO. OVER THE LAST YEAR OR SO. HE ALSO REALLY HIT THE DELTA CEO HE ALSO REALLY HIT THE DELTA CEO HARD FOR BOTH NOT SHOWING UP AND HARD FOR BOTH NOT SHOWING UP AND THE FACT HE’S BEEN BUYING HIS THE FACT HE’S BEEN BUYING HIS AIRPLANES FROM A EUROPEAN FIRM AIRPLANES FROM A EUROPEAN FIRM CALLED AIRBUS INSTEAD OF FROM CALLED AIRBUS INSTEAD OF FROM BOEING. BOEING. INSTEAD OF BUYING RED AND BLUE INSTEAD OF BUYING RED AND BLUE AMERICAN PLANES. AMERICAN PLANES. AND AT THE END OF THIS MEETING, AND AT THE END OF THIS MEETING, THE PRESIDENT TOLD THE U.S. THE PRESIDENT TOLD THE U.S. AIRLINES THAT, YOU KNOW IF THEY AIRLINES THAT, YOU KNOW IF THEY WANTED TO KEEP FIGHTING THIS, WANTED TO KEEP FIGHTING THIS, THEY COULD TALK TO THE TREASURY THEY COULD TALK TO THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT. DEPARTMENT. BUT HE DID NOT INTERVENE ON BUT HE DID NOT INTERVENE ON BEHALF OF THE BIG U.S. AIR BEHALF OF THE BIG U.S. AIR CARRIERS THE WAY THEY HAD HOPED CARRIERS THE WAY THEY HAD HOPED HE WOULD. HE WOULD.>>WERE THEY EXPECTING — I>>WERE THEY EXPECTING — I THINK YOU SAID THE CEO OF QATAR THINK YOU SAID THE CEO OF QATAR AIRLINES, WERE THEY EXPECTING AIRLINES, WERE THEY EXPECTING HIM TO BE THERE? HIM TO BE THERE? AND SECOND, I IMAGINE THEY ALL AND SECOND, I IMAGINE THEY ALL LEFT SCRATCHING THEIR HEAD LEFT SCRATCHING THEIR HEAD WONDERING WHAT THE HECK THAT WAS WONDERING WHAT THE HECK THAT WAS ABOUT. ABOUT. DO WE HAVE ANY SENSE WHY THE DO WE HAVE ANY SENSE WHY THE PRESIDENT TOOK THAT APPROACH? PRESIDENT TOOK THAT APPROACH? IS IT ABOUT THE STOCK PRICE? IS IT ABOUT THE STOCK PRICE? IS THERE SOMETHING GOING ON THAT IS THERE SOMETHING GOING ON THAT THEY’RE JUST NOT AWARE OF? THEY’RE JUST NOT AWARE OF? WHAT WAS THIS ALL ABOUT? WHAT WAS THIS ALL ABOUT?>>PART OF THIS IS ABOUT THE>>PART OF THIS IS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT LIKING TO BE PRESIDENT LIKING TO BE UNPREDICTABLE. UNPREDICTABLE. BUT BASICALLY, YOU’RE RIGHT. BUT BASICALLY, YOU’RE RIGHT. U.S. AIRLINES HAD REQUESTED THIS U.S. AIRLINES HAD REQUESTED THIS MEETING AND THOUGHT, OKAY, MEETING AND THOUGHT, OKAY, GREAT. GREAT. THE PRESIDENT WILL AGREE TO MEET THE PRESIDENT WILL AGREE TO MEET WITH US. WITH US. HE DID AFTER HE SAW THESE ADS ON HE DID AFTER HE SAW THESE ADS ON FOX NEWS. FOX NEWS. BUT THEN HE THREW A BIT OF A BUT THEN HE THREW A BIT OF A WRENCH INTO IT BY ALSO INVITING WRENCH INTO IT BY ALSO INVITING THE OTHER SIDE AND BASICALLY THE OTHER SIDE AND BASICALLY SAID, EVERYONE COME INTO THE SAID, EVERYONE COME INTO THE OVAL OFFICE. OVAL OFFICE. SIT AROUND THE DESK AND DUKE IT SIT AROUND THE DESK AND DUKE IT OUT. OUT. GO AROUND THE ROOM AND MAKE YOUR GO AROUND THE ROOM AND MAKE YOUR CASE AND LET THE BEST MAN OR CASE AND LET THE BEST MAN OR WOMAN WIN. WOMAN WIN. AND THAT’S WHAT HE DID. AND THAT’S WHAT HE DID. AND IT GOT PRETTY HEATED. AND IT GOT PRETTY HEATED. PEOPLE YELLING AT EACH OTHER PEOPLE YELLING AT EACH OTHER THAT THEY WERE LIARS. THAT THEY WERE LIARS. BUT THERE’S SOME BIG MONEY BUT THERE’S SOME BIG MONEY INTERESTS REALLY ON BOTH SIDES INTERESTS REALLY ON BOTH SIDES OF THIS ISSUE BECAUSE THE BIG OF THIS ISSUE BECAUSE THE BIG CARGO CARRIERS LIKE FEDEX WHO CARGO CARRIERS LIKE FEDEX WHO DELIVERS YOUR PACKAGES, THEY ARE DELIVERS YOUR PACKAGES, THEY ARE ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THIS. ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THIS. THE PRESIDENT ULTIMATELY MADE A

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