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Trump Just Held a Signing. He Had Nothing To Sign

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Trump Just Held a Signing. He Had Nothing To Sign

After announcing his proposal to privatize the nation’s Air Traffic Control System, a confused Donald Trump sat down at a desk on Monday to sign “the document.” But there was only one problem: He wasn’t actually signing something that would have any tangible impact on what he had just proposed.

Instead, a White House aide told reporters, Trump had signed “a decision memo and letter transmitting legislative principles to Congress,” surrounding the subject, which he had just spent the last few minutes advocating for. But in order for his goal of privatizing the US Air Traffic Control system, Congress would need to pass legislation implementing it. Before Trump gave remarks Monday, White House officials had told reporters that the President is only dictating his legislative goals of separating air traffic controls from the FAA. Congress is not required to follow through on these goals.

As Time Magazine notes, Trump’s proposal was actually based on legislation introduced by Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Bill Shuster, the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill never made it to the House floor for a vote and reportedly faced bipartisan opposition in the Senate. So Trump was signing a meaningless piece of paper just for show.

We see what you did there, Donnie. Nice try!

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