President Trump: “As far as the cruise line business, we’re with them all the way. It’s a great business. It’s a great U.S. business, frankly. And I know how important they are to the country. That includes airlines. But the cruise line business, obviously, was hit very hard.”
VP Pence : "But as the President said, the American people cherish our cruise line industry, the men and women who work on the ships… "
Both of these supposedly well informed individuals believe that US based cruise ships are crewed by Americans.
Will American taxpayers pick up the tab for cruise ship industry losses and subsidize the rich investors who have been reaping huge profits by evading US laws and regulations using FOCs for US based ships. If a bailout is inevitable because they’re too big to fail, is it asking too much to impose some conditions like reflagging so they have to hire US citizens at least for officer and ratings billets.