Tuesday 25 September 2018

Trump could end up a very effective leader, says O'Leary

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary. Photo: Reuters
Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary. Photo: Reuters

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 and see" what the president achieves during his time in the White House.

Mr Trump has been criticised for some of his policies, including the imposition of a travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries and plans to build a US-Mexico border wall.

"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," said Mr O'Leary, speaking at an aviation summit in Brussels.


"Some of the other stuff I don't understand. Why you care how many showed up to your in- auguration is beyond me.

"If he carries out some of the sensible policies he could be very effective. We should wait to see what Trump does over the next two years, and if it's successful, great."

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