US President: ‘We’ll be backstopping the airlines’ and ‘helping them very much’

    US President Donald Trump said the government will “back the airlines 100%”, as the industry deals with the negative impacts on travel demand resulting from coronavirus (CNBC/Reuters, 16-Mar-2020). As previously reported by CAPA, A4A urged the government to provide US airlines with immediate assistance. “We’ll be backstopping the airlines and helping them very much”, Mr Trump said, adding: “It’s not their fault”.