The Trump administration met with major airlines on Tuesday to discuss complaints that some Gulf states are unfairly subsidizing state-owned carriers.
Experience shows that letting markets, rather than politics, dictate economic activity creates more value for consumers and frees up capital that ultimately leads to more jobs.
In explaining the more than two-year-old trade dispute between the massively subsidized Gulf airlines and U.S. network airlines American, Delta, and United, I’ve often called out the illogical, irrelevant, and just plain sloppy arguments from the Gulf carriers and their U.S. supporters.
A year ago, one of the cornerstones of Mr. Trump’s campaign was a promise to support U.S. jobs and businesses that were up against unfair foreign competition.
I’ve always been bothered by lack of proportion and perspective in matters of public policy, which is why I grimaced a few weeks ago when reading the latest opinion from Kevin Mitchell, founder of the grandly-named Business Travel Coalition.
A central part of President Donald Trump’s winning campaign platform last year was that Americans’ interests should be the foundation of U.S. policymaking.