Last week’s Egyptair crash over the Mediterranean remains under investigation, with terrorism still the top theory but mechanical failure not ruled out. Except by Donald Trump.
In the hours after the tragedy, Trump said, “If anybody thinks it wasn’t blown out of the sky, you’re 100 percent wrong folks, OK?” And: “I can practically guarantee who blew it up.”
To critics who said that investigators needed to gather facts and evidence before the cause could be certain, he told The Wall Street Journal in a Sunday interview:
“Why should I be politically correct?” he said. “I’m turning out to be right. I’m always right … you’ll see, you’ll see. I’m always right.”
As an example of being right before anyone else, Trump often boasts that he “predicted Osama bin Laden ... nobody really knew who he was” before the 9/11 attacks in his 2000 book, “The American We Deserve.”
(Actually, people did. The Bill Clinton administration unsuccessfully tried to kill bin Laden in a cruise missile attack in 1998 after al-Qaida bombed two U.S. embassies in Africa.)
Leaning on the experts before making pronouncements when scary things happen may not be a strong suit for Trump. A memorable example came in 2014, when he went on a Twitter rant when U.S. medical workers infected with the Ebola virus in Africa or had suspected cases came back to the U.S. for treatment.
“Ebola patient will be brought to the U.S. in a few days – now I know for sure that our leaders are incompetent. KEEP THEM OUT OF HERE!:
“The U.S. must immediately stop all flights from EBOLA infected countries or the plague will start and spread inside our “borders.” Act fast!”
“If this doctor, who so recklessly flew into New York from West Africa, has Ebola, then Obama should apologize to the American people & resign!”
As it turned out, the measures taken by U.S. health officials to avoid a big outbreak worked, and the crisis soon faded.