Trump praises car rental industry after boycott of ‘barbarians’
President Donald Trump praised the industry Tuesday after boycotting its employees.
The president said the companies are doing a great job in providing people with cars, a statement that came as more than 1,000 companies, including several with Trump’s name on them, said they would not serve his inauguration festivities.
Trump, who has been criticized for not having visited the U.S. since he took office in January, said he appreciates the many companies that have come out and pledged to stay out of the inauguration festivities, which include parades, pomp and circumstance and other events.
“The cars, the great cars, I think we should be allowed to have them,” Trump said in an interview with ABC News.
“I’ve had a lot of cars, and I’ve had great cars.
And I think it’s a shame if you don’t have a lot.
And so I think that’s a great thing.
It’s a very good thing.”
Trump said he is “very impressed” by the industry’s response to his boycott.
“The boycott is an example of how much the American people want us to go out and do it right,” Trump added.
“It’s a wonderful thing for everybody involved.”
Trump’s remarks came after the president tweeted his support for the car rental sector.
The boycott is a great example of the will of the people, Trump said.
The car rental community was rocked when Trump took office and a boycott ensued, prompting car rental companies to cut ties with the president.
But the boycott has since subsided and the industry has rebounded.
In January, Trump canceled the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, citing safety concerns.
He later tweeted a promise to visit the U: “I’m going to visit one of the great car rental chains in the country.
I have a great deal of cars and great people, but they’re not going to be going to the White House.”
The boycott was renewed on Friday by some members of Trump’s Cabinet, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.
The White House said Trump would hold a news conference later Tuesday.