Belfast Telegraph

Give Trump a chance, urges Ryanair's chief O'Leary

By Neil Lancefield

US President Donald Trump could be a "very effective" leader, Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has claimed.

The chief executive of the low-cost airline urged people to "wait to see" what the president achieves during his time in the White House.

Mr Trump has come under fire for a number of policies, including the imposition of a travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries and plans to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

Speaking at an aviation summit in Brussels, Mr O'Leary said: "If he implements some of his stated policies - reducing taxes, promoting fracking, lowering the price of oil - it would be very good not just for the US economy but for the world economy generally.

"Some of the other stuff I don't understand. Why you care how many showed up to your inauguration is beyond me. You're already the president. It shouldn't matter.

"If he carries out some of the sensible policies he could be very effective.

"The media don't like him but then they didn't like (President) Ronald Reagan either. They all thought he was some mad cowboy when he got elected.

"We should wait to see what Trump does over the next two years and if it's successful, great."

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