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White House open to narrow coronavirus relief bill for US airlines as layoffs loom
Trump: We’ll be helping the airlines
President Trump says the administration will be helping the airline industry during a news conference.
The Trump administration is open to a stand-alone coronavirus stimulus bill that provides additional emergency aid to U.S. airlines, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Thursday after meeting with industry executives.
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Airlines are hoping to receive another $25 billion to stave off tens of thousands of job losses, Meadows said.
“Compared to $1.5 trillion, it’s a rather small amount of additional assistance that could potentially keep 30,000 to 50,000 workers on the payroll," he said.
Executives who attended the meeting with Meadows included American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby and Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly.