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Trump wants Joe Duncan, who has been his personal pilot off and on since 1989, to run the US Federal Aviation Agency. Thus, an earlier Trump pilot springs to mind: convicted drug trafficker Joe Weichselbaum-
“Joe Weichselbaum, who is an extraordinary side of Donald, he not only has an apartment in Trump Tower, he has one in Trump Plaza. And he’s like a several times convicted felon as a cocaine trafficker, and he flew Donald’s high rollers down to his casinos in Atlantic City. He’s got an apartment there. It’s just a laundry list of bad guys drawn to this—this temple of greed….” Excerpt from Wayne Barrett’s interview with Amy Goodman on DemocracyNow: “A Classic State Capitalist”: How Donald Trump Profited from Public Subsidies & Political Favors” JUNE 30, 2016, republished here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/a-classic-state-capitalist-how-donald-trump-profited-from-public-subsidies-political-favors/
“Joseph Weichselbaum is this mob associate… And Weichselbaum provided helicopters to the Trump Organization, even though there were better-capitalized, better-run companies. Donald rented an apartment to Weichselbaum and his brother under very unusual circumstances…. And the question we have to ask is: Why did Donald Trump need to write that letter, which could have cost him his casino license? Because he needed this guy to be his friend and not his enemy. What was going on that Donald Trump needed a drug trafficker to be his friend and not his enemy? And that’s a question no one in the news media has been asking….“. Excerpt from DemocracyNow interview of David Cay Johnston: “The Making of Donald Trump”: David Cay Johnston on Trump’s Ties to the Mob & Drug Traffickers“, AUGUST 10, 2016, republished here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/the-making-of-donald-trump-david-cay-johnston-on-trumps-ties-to-the-mob-drug-traffickers/
Both Wayne Barrett and David Cay Johnston have followed Trump and written about him for decades.
Weichselbaum is reported to have been a cocaine user, as well as trafficker, making it mind-boggling that he would be allowed to ferry Trump, his family, and his clients by helicopter.
This blogger is not suggesting that Duncan uses drugs. Rather, the concern with Duncan should be that he is a Trump employee and will probably be obedient if he wants his old job back in a couple of years. Dunkin has been Trump’s personal pilot off and on since 1989, according to a Smithsonian Channel documentary: https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/inside-donald-trumps-private-jet/24952
From VOA: “Trump Wants Personal Pilot to Lead US Aviation Agency
February 26, 2018 10:55 PM, VOA News
President Donald Trump is reportedly pushing for his longtime personal pilot to lead the nation’s top aviation agency.
Multiple media outlets reported that Trump’s personal pilot, John Dunkin, who flew Trump around the country during his presidential campaign, is under consideration to lead the Federal Aviation Administration.
Other candidates to head the agency that oversees U.S. airspace and handles more than 15 million flights a year are acting FAA Administrator Dan Elwell, U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, a Missouri Republican, and an unnamed aviation industry official.
Axios reported Dunkin told people that when he and Trump were flying during the campaign, they would often be stuck on the ground with delays, which he told the president would not happen if a pilot ran the FAA.
The FAA administrator oversees an agency in charge of all civil aviation in the U.S. with a budget of $16 billion and 47,000 employees.
“My pilot, he’s a smart guy and knows what’s going on,” Trump said in a meeting with aviation executives in February 2017.
“He said the government is using the wrong equipment and instituting a massive, multibillion-dollar project, but they’re using the wrong type of equipment,” Trump said, referring to a plan he supports to modernize the air traffic control system, in part by privatizing it. The measure, however, has stalled in Congress.
Axios first reported Trump’s consideration of Dunkin as FAA chief. The news website quoted an unnamed administration official touting Dunkin’s experience, saying he managed airline and corporate flight departments, certified airlines from startup under FAA regulations, and oversaw the Trump campaign’s air fleet.” https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-wants-personal-pilot-to-lead-aviation-agency/4272132.html
Supplementary information regarding Trump helicopter provider-pilot, convicted Cocaine trafficker Joe Weichselbaum, via SmokingGun .com, emphasis our own.
From the lawsuit which may also be found at the SmokingGun web site: