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Don’t crap on LAX, Garcetti says to Trump

LA Mayor fires back by highlighting airport's $14B renovations

October 03, 2016 12:00PM

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Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAX airport (Credit: LA Mayor, Los Angeles World Airports)

Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAX airport (Credit: LA Mayor, Los Angeles World Airports)

Mayor Eric Garcetti knows how to represent.

And when Donald Trump implicated LAX in his debate rebuttals Monday, he clearly wasn’t happy.

“You land at LaGuardia, you land at Kennedy, you land at LAX, you land at Newark, and you come in from Dubai and Qatar and you see these incredible — you come in from China, you see these incredible airports, and you land,” Trump said. “We’ve become a third-world country.”

But Garcetti begged to differ at a LAX terminal opening ceremony Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“If Donald Trump wasn’t jetting around the world on a private plane — or had ever walked through our terminals like the tens of millions who fly in and out of our airport every year — he might know about the largest public works program in the history of Los Angeles,” he said. “[He might know about] the $14 billion we are spending to modernize LAX by connecting it to rail, building a brand new rental car facility and renovating eight out of the airport’s nine terminals.”

The ceremony debuted the $148 million facility that connects terminals on the south side of the airport to the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

“The comment is just another example of Donald Trump throwing around wild insults without regard for facts,” he added.

It’s no news that Garcetti endorses Hillary Clinton. In May, he attended the opening of her second L.A. campaign office. In California, the Democratic nominee is nearly 20 points ahead of Trump, according to Real Clear Politics’ latest polling data. [LAT]Cathaleen Chen