GBTA Statement on President Trump’s First Address to Congress

Published on : Wednesday, March 1, 2017

GBTA Final Logo_origOn Tuesday night, President Trump delivered his first address to Congress. In his address, he said he will be asking Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure of the United States — financed through both public and private capital — creating millions of new jobs. The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the business travel industry, issued the following statement in response.


“The importance of Infrastructure improvement for our country is something that both sides of the aisle can agree on,” said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA executive director and COO. “For the future of business travel, it is paramount that the President and Congress work together on responsible investment in transportation infrastructure to ensure that money is spent wisely and that these investments made safeguard the safe and expedient travel and freedom of movement of all travelers.”


“Additionally, it is incumbent for Congress to tackle issues like passing an FAA Reauthorization Bill that accelerates NextGen, creates long term funding stability and addresses the many concerns related to passenger screening and security.”


“GBTA applauds the President for his commitment to long-term investment in our nation’s infrastructure, specifically our nation’s airports, and we look forward to working with Congress and the Administration on these complex issues.”

President Trump also noted that his Administration has been working on improved vetting procedures, and will shortly take new steps to keep our nation safe — and to keep out those who would do us harm.

“As we await a new executive order on travel, we urge the Trump administration to keep in mind the importance of business travel to our nation’s economy,” McCormick continued. “Closing our borders sends a message to the world that the United States is closed for business. Of course, security always comes first, but GBTA has always been a proponent for expanding proven security programs and developing new technology to facilitate information-sharing among governments to ensure travelers are always vetted properly, making us all more safe and secure.”


2 Responses to GBTA Statement on President Trump’s First Address to Congress

  1. calle says:

    Well good words.
    Really nasty mean folks can come in nder the fake “business” visa.

    • Calle,

      Anybody has always been able to come in under a business visa, or a tourist visa, etc.
      The problem is, that people like mr trump incite fear and hatred among his “groupies” who then act on this fear and hatred. Because, well, if the president says it, we can do it. It’s that type of mentality that is moving us BACKWARD instead of FORWARD.

      This country was built by people who were escaping fear and persecution. Generations later, this fear and persecution is being awakened in the same country to which our forefathers fled.

      mr. trump is not a republican, nor a democrat. He is a nationalist through and through. “America First” is his mantra and his voters (most of them at least), though a minority in the country, shout it out the loudest. There is nothing worse than hearing a rally cry of USA! USA! USA! It sickens me.

      “America First” will not bring NEW jobs to this country. No. Factory jobs? No. Nobody could afford the product. America First will put a bubble over the country and everyone will hide in it’s invisible safety. It may keep people out, but what about those who want to travel, explore, discover? Will Americans be safe overseas? Personally, I’m afraid we’ll be moving targets.

      My business to Europe is down probably 60% this year. I specialize in independent vacations in Europe. At this time last year, my file was full with trips to Europe in progress. This year, I’m arranging vacations to Canada, Alaska and Hawaii. It’s not that people don’t have the money; they are afraid to travel overseas. Of those I questioned about this, probably 70% have told me that they don’t feel they will have a good vacation experience because people in the countries they would visit would have a negative view of Americans.

      There you have it. Not only is Westbound business down, it’s down going the other way as well.

      What’s happening to America is very sad. However, I am hopeful that the liberal, open, empathetic side of the country will fight back every chance they get.

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