Delta CEO on Donald Trump’s wall: ‘We’re going to fly over that damn thing’

Delta Air Lines CEO Edward Bastian. AJC file

In May, Delta Air Lines began a joint venture with Aeromexico. The latter gets connections to Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York, Salt Lake City and Seattle.

Delta gets greater access to Mexico through Aeromexico hubs in Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara. The U.S. airline now has a 49 percent stake in Aeromexico. Delta CEO Ed Bastian sits on Aeromexico’s board.

With that investment come certain opinions. From Trevor Williams and Global Atlanta:

“We truly look at Aeromexico as an extension of Delta,” Mr. Bastian said in a speech to annual convention of the Hispanic Corporate Council of Atlanta event held at the Delta Flight Museum. “I don’t know what they’re going to do with the wall they keep talking about, but we’re going to fly over that damn thing, whatever it is. We’re not going to let a little wall get in the way of progress and taking care of people.”

Bastian didn’t mention the name of President Donald Trump, the Global Atlanta report noted. But the Delta CEO also added this:

“There’s a lot of anxiety, a lot of fear that cuts into the heart of who we are as a society. It’s caused a lot of people to wonder what’s going on and where are we going,” he said.

The remarks don’t come in a vacuum. Consider this Monday report from the AJC’s Kelly Yamanouchi:

Delta Air Lines is caught in the cross-hairs of a Trump administration “Buy American” fight against the carrier’s deal to buy jets from a Canadian aircraft manufacturer.

Atlanta-based Delta negotiated low prices to purchase 75 Bombardier jets along with options for 50 more aircraft. That move prompted rival Boeing to allege that Bombardier was getting illegal subsidies and dumping its product into the U.S. market.

After slapping Bombardier with a proposed duty of nearly 220 percent, the Trump administration has turned up the heat by adding an anti-dumping duty of nearly 80 percent.

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Via Twitter, President Donald Trump says things are going swimmingly in Puerto Rico. But in terms of health care, the place is rapidly becoming a basket case. From the New York Times:

Harry Figueroa, a teacher who went a week without the oxygen that helped him breathe, died here last week at 58. His body went unrefrigerated for so long that the funeral director could not embalm his badly decomposed corpse…

“Because of the electricity situation, a lot of people died, and are still dying,” said Mr. Figueroa’s daughter, Lisandra, 30. “You can’t get sick now.”

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As expected, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed endorsed Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms in the race to succeed him. The announcement came during an interview on V-103.

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A tale of the Atlanta City Council in four Tweets:

At 6 a.m.: “Good morning #Atlanta. We received an email overnight that the Mayor VETOED our marijuana legislation for less than one ounce. More to come.”

At 7 a.m.: “RECALL: Mayor did not veto marijuana legislation.”

At 7:30 a.m.: “CORRECTION: Mayor’s veto was regarding the sale of a portion of land to Hapeville, GA.”

At 8:28 a.m., from the Twitter account of Anne Torres, spokeswoman for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed:

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File this under “rumor killing.” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed won’t be leading MARTA when his second term ends. But you might find him with a Spanish tutor at a classroom near you.

Rumors have persisted that Reed was angling to replace Keith Parker as general manager and CEO of the transit agency. When presented with them, Hizzoner was succinct.

“I wouldn’t consider it,” he said. “I’m going to learn to speak Spanish.”

Was he serious? “I’m going to do something else. I’m totally going to learn to speak Spanish.”

Mucho bueno. (Greg Bluestein)

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FBI Director Christopher Wray, formerly an Atlanta attorney, will be back in town on Thursday to preside over a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the bureau’s new Atlanta field office.

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Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson was at his glibbest when handling Donald Trump questions at a Kiwanis event on Monday. When one audience member quipped that he was the rare Senate Republican who hadn’t faced the president’s wrath, Isakson retorted: “There’s still time.”

He ducked questions after the event about Trump’s war-of-words with U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, saying he’d prefer to stay out of that fight. As for the reports about chaos and turmoil in the White House, Isakson responded flatly: “I’ve only been there once in the last 10 months and it was pretty late at night,” he said. (GB)

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Isakson also spoke for the first time about the resignation of Health Secretary Tom Price, saying that it “sounds like, to me, he did the right thing” in stepping down. Asked whether Price – who succeeded Isakson in representing the suburban Atlanta district – has a political future, Isakson was quick to respond. “Never say never in politics,” he said. (GB)

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SmartAlek69
SmartAlek69

And I'll be flying by Delta's ticket counters and web sites. 


Ychromosome
Ychromosome

I wonder when Trump is going to sue all those women who accused him of improper touching and harassment. He said he'd do it right after the election.

bigdoggie1
bigdoggie1

Isakson is an embarrassment!

Get out of town, you crusty, old plantation owner! It's 2017.8, and we don't need your kind anymore!

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cigs
cigs

Delta should move to Canada and tell trump to go to hell. I would if I could but since I am retired I can't. Corporate taxes lower but the wealthy pay higher taxes. That will never happen here.

DarrylWD
DarrylWD

@cigs What?  Does retirement make a person author a comment in a way that is confusing to it's readers?