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In Ridiculous Tweet, Trump Praises Himself For the Lack of Airplane Deaths Last Year

Two days into 2018, Donald Trump tweeted about the global lack of commercial airline deaths in 2017 by congratulating . . . himself? He wrote: "Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation. Good news - it was just reported that there were Zero deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record!" First of all, it seems that Trump thinks that capitalizing the first letter of "zero" in the middle of a sentence gives the number more emphasis. Second, to take personal credit for airlines avoiding fatal crashes (even though that's a great thing!) is pretty ridiculous, baseless, and self-absorbed, and it didn't take long for Twitter to start trolling the president for such a claim.

After Trump sent out the tweet, people were quick to follow up with responses ranging from basic scolding to straight-up mocking his sentence with other far-reaching claims, like, "Since taking office the earth has continued its orbit around the sun. I've been very tough on heliocentrism to make sure it works properly." Someone even responded with a relevant Forbes article that reported 2016 was the seventh straight year with no plane-crash deaths from a United States-certified scheduled airline. What makes this whole exchange even more ludicrous is that Reddit user theonetrueNathan actually posted about Trump bragging about airline safety as a total joke, and later it came true.

Looks like 2018 just might give last year a run for its money in the world of unbelievable Trump tweets.

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