Bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor Donald Trump’s campaign jet may be grounded for an uncertain amount of time due to the New York real estate tycoon’s failure to renew the airplane’s required registration, which lapsed on January 31.
A spokeswoman for the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), Laura J. Brown, confirmed to the New York Times that the owner of the Trump’s Cessna aircraft had not renewed the registration as is required in order to legally operate it.
While Ms. Brown declined to comment on any action that may be taken against Trump, the lapse could result in a criminal fine of up to $250,000 and imprisonment for up to three years, according to the Times.
Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks declined requests to comment on the mishap.
Trump has promised to surround himself with the very best people. One of those people committed a significant blunder, an embarrassing one that is coming on the heels of a shake-up in the Trump campaign, which includes thuggish campaign manager Corey Lewandowski being reduced to a body man and scheduler and the exit of national field director Stuart Jolly, who quit the campaign on Monday amidst the turmoil.
Trump has other ways to get around, like chartered flights or his other aircraft, so the registration matter isn’t likely to affect the campaign in a major way.
Being a billionaire comes with advantages.