D.C. Rally Leaders to Meet at White House With Top Trump Administration Officials
Washington D.C. – In a major victory for truckers protesting in Washington D.C., two leaders of the ongoing trucker rally are heading to the White House on Wednesday to meet with top officials of the Trump Administration.
After almost three weeks of protesting in our nation’s capital, Trump Administration officials will meet with two rally leaders at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday in the West Wing of the White House, Transportation Nation Network (TNN) has confirmed.
Mike Landis, founder of the United States Transportation Alliance (USTA) and Sergey “C.J.” Karman, founder and CEO of Ezlogz, will be representing the group of more than 100 truckers continuing to protest for freight broker reform and better representation in the federal rulemaking process.
Expected to be present in the meeting is President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, Acting Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Jim Mullen, and an unnamed representative from the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT).
While it is not confirmed, both Landis and Karman tell TNN they believe it is likely President Trump will be in attendance also.
“This is what we have hoped for,” Landis said to TNN. “I am very humbled and excited.”
“I am going to thank this Administration for making America great again, and we believe President Trump is the right person to make trucking great again,” Karman declared.
Landis and Karman are prepared to discuss the growing controversy over low rates being offered by freight brokers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“A lot of my customers have been calling me and complaining they are losing their trucks and their homes due to price gouging. People can’t feed their families and these small businesses are dying out while brokers are colluding with shippers,” Karman asserted.
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Karman, whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from Ukraine when he was only seven years old, says he loves America and wants to see small business owners get a fair chance to succeed.
He says he hopes to be able to speak with President Trump and give him a clear message.
“We did cheer him on and we support him and we believe him,” he stated.
Mr. Trump has come under fire from some in the trucking community for recently saying the truckers rallying in D.C. were doing so in support of him.
Landis says that while many in D.C. do support the President, the rally is not political.
“We are asking him for his support because we know he is the only one that can help us at this point,” he stated.
In addition to discussing the issues surrounding freight brokers, Landis says they also intend to express concerns over the 31-year high in trucker crash deaths and the need for truckers with experience to have meaningful influence in the federal rulemaking process.
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Photos courtesy of Mike Landis/CJ Karman/Rick Santiago