President Donald Trump's plans to overhaul the nation's air traffic control system will help fulfill his campaign promises to improve the nation's infrastructure, but the mainstream media is too busy focusing on his tweets, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Monday morning.
"Last week, Secretary of Transportation [Elaine Chao] announced there was a half a billion dollars in infrastructure investments at over 500 airports in this country, which of course enhances security safety, convenience, improving our runways, improving the protocols and the way that air traffic controllers speak to each other," Conway told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.
"This is actually something that impacts real lives. You just don't hear about it because it's not in a tweet."
Trump and Chao both have been talking about the "labyrinth permitting process" that hinders infrastructure improvements in the United States and the fact that "we don't build anything anymore as a country, that our roads and bridges are in disrepair," said Conway.
But since positive coverage is not being provided, Conway suggested Americans visit the official White House and "cut out the middleman."
"Sean Spicer, our press secretary, they give a whole list of positive things that are happening, action that's being taken by different departments and agencies, it gets very little coverage," she said.
"I'm hoping that people will cut out the middleman, go right to our website, watch these press briefings, not just the combative Q&A, so they can learn exactly what's happening that has real people impact."
Meanwhile, the president early Monday tweeted arguments for his first travel ban, while criticizing the Justice Department for taking a "watered down" version to the Supreme Court, and Conway said the messages reflect his "frustration."
"The president's frustration reflects the fear of many Americans and freedom-loving people all over the world who don't want this to be the new normal," said Conway. "An attack on London is an attack on American values, and we stand with our allies there."
In the past couple of years, ISIS claimed responsibility for 21 attacks, and "terrorists have the upper hand in some of these situations . . . this cannot be the new normal and this president got elected in large part, because he was the tougher person on national security and defeating radical Islamic terrorism."
Trump and his national security team do feel like progress is being made, said Conway, as "they're much more vigilant and serious about it than has been done in the past.
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