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Friday, August 12, 2016

WASHINGTON POST ATTEMPTS TO DEBUNK TRUMP / SEAN HANNITY CLAIM: TRUMP AIRCRAFT FLEW SOLDIERS HOME

August 12, 2016

Washington Post, notorious for not exactly being a "conservative outlet" is beating the war drums again, this time taking aim at BOTH Sean Hannity and Donald Trump.  The big scandal they are attempting to debunk this time?  The claim that Donald Trump sent an aircraft to pick up stranded soldiers at Camp Lejeune, NC after the 1991 Iraq War on their way home to Florida.

It's amazing that good deed, even if done inadvertently, can't simply be left alone.  And one that occurred in 1991 no less.  


Chartered Trump Aircraft used to transport stranded Solders in 1991:  Camp Lejeune, NC
According to WaPo:

"“The Trump campaign has confirmed to Hannity.com that Mr. Trump did indeed send his plane to make two trips from North Carolina to Miami, Florida to transport over 200 Gulf War Marines back home.”
— quote in article titled “200 Stranded Marines Needed A Plane Ride Home, Here’s How Donald Trump Responded,” Sean Hannity Show website, May 19, 2016
It seemed like such a sweet story — Donald Trump sending his personal plane down to Camp Lejeune, N.C., when 200 Marines were stranded after fighting in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. At least that is the story that Sean Hannity of Fox News has touted on his website for several months.
But a reader, Lazer Cohen of Brooklyn, was suspicious and asked The Fact Checker to check it out."
The Washington Post article goes on about what they feel are factual statement that Mr. Trump had nothing to do with his aircraft (although not his "personal jet" that we all know, rather, Trump Airlines, a commercial fleet he owned at the time, still bearing the "Trump" brand on the aircraft).
While we commend the Washington Post for following up on a "reader's suspicion" about the Trump / Hannity claim that Trump "rescued" the stranded soldiers, the commanding officer that the Post contacted, really didn't have much recollection of exactly "how" Mr. Trump's aircraft arrived at the military base.  It was recalled there "may have been a contract with Trump Airlines" but, this is not actually solidified with anything other than some distant recollection.
What we do know, is that there is a white aircraft, a Boeing 727 with 130 seats;  Mr. Trump's private jet, has 24 seats.   The math becomes quite simple when one is trying to relocate a brigade of soldiers.  Whether it was an extra "fleet jet" or not, one thing can not be disputed... that aircraft, clearly states "TRUMP."
Here is an image of some of the attempted "debunk" which consists of a retired senior officer at the time who offered little more than his opinion (Washington Post Image):