SAN FRANCISCO (CNN/CBS SF) — The pilot vaunted for his grace below strain as he landed an airliner within the Hudson River known as President Donald Trump “completely unfit” for workplace and urged individuals to “vote him out” in response to a report in The Atlantic journal that the president disparaged US service members killed in battle and selected to skip a ceremony honoring veterans.
Passengers exit US Airways Flight 1549 that went down within the Hudson River in New York. Inset: Captain Chesley Sullenberger. (AP File Pictures)
Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, whose heroic deed in 2009 got here to be generally known as the Miracle on the Hudson, unleashed a sequence of social media posts Friday criticizing Trump and linking to the article, which the president has angrily denied and known as “a disgraceful situation.” CNN has not independently confirmed The Atlantic’s report.
“For the first time in American history, a president has repeatedly shown utter and vulgar contempt and disrespect for those who have served and died serving our country,” Sullenberger wrote on Fb.
“While I am not surprised, I am disgusted by the current occupant of the Oval Office. He has repeatedly and consistently shown himself to be completely unfit for and to have no respect for the office he holds,” he added.
Sullenberger, a retired Air Pressure fighter pilot, wrote that he and his father volunteered for navy service in wartime and “that serving a cause greater than oneself is the highest calling, whether in the military or in civilian life.”
Sullenberger has at all times “tried to be a voice of reason and to speak in a measured way,” however he felt that he needed to name out the president’s conduct, he wrote. Trump has “completely failed” to uphold his oath of workplace and “he has admitted that he cannot comprehend the concept of service above self,” the pilot wrote.
“He cannot understand selflessness because he is selfish. He cannot conceive of courage because he is a coward. He cannot feel duty because he is disloyal,” Sullenberger wrote.
He concluded his submit by arguing that “we owe it not only to those who have served and sacrificed for our nation but to ourselves and to succeeding generations to vote him out.” He posted comparable feedback to Twitter.
Sullenberger grew to become well-known for his calm valor in 2009 as he efficiently landed US Airways Flight 1549 within the Hudson River in New York after its engines had been knocked out by birds shortly after taking off from LaGuardia Airport. All 155 individuals on board survived and Tom Hanks went on to painting the quiet, humble pilot within the 2016 movie “Sully.”
Sullenberger, a graduate of the US Air Pressure Academy, retired from US Airways in 2010 after 30 years with the airline and served as an aviation security knowledgeable for CBS Information from 2011 to 2017. US Airways had its closing flight in 2015 after it merged with American Airways.
On the time of his well-known water touchdown, Capt. Sullenberger was a resident of Danville. He and his spouse offered their Danville residence in 2018. Additionally they personal property in Truckee.
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