Trump open to looser drone regulations in meeting

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President Donald Trump holds a drone as George Mathew CEO & Chairman of Kespry explains how it work during the American Leadership in Emerging Technology Event in the East Room of the White House June 22, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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President Donald Trump holds a drone as George Mathew CEO & Chairman of Kespry explains how it work during the American Leadership in Emerging Technology Event in the East Room of the White House June 22, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Executives from several drone companies who met with President Trump at the White House lobbied hard for looser rules for their industry and found him sympathetic, says one CEO who was there.

“There were strong personalities expressing strong opinions” about de-regulating drone flights, Measure CEO Brandon Torres Declet told CNBC. “There were no shrinking violets” among the drone execs gathered with the President and other administration officials in the East Room of the White House.

“The President expressed concerns that over-regulation of the drone industry would cause the U.S. to fall behind other countries” in the technology, while portraits of George and Martha Washington looked down from the walls, Torres Declet said from the White House.

The nascent drone industry has been pushing for rules that would allow commercial drones to be flown at night and outside the view of the person operating the craft, among other changes.

Trump has been meeting this week with range of executives representing a broad swath of the tech industry.



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