March 14, 2019

No one should make fun of President Trump for his plane opinions, one Fox News commentator suggests, because he owns a private yet.

Fox News' The Five on Wednesday discussed Trump's announcement that Boeing 737 MAX planes would be grounded in the United States, which came after he complained on Twitter that airplanes are "becoming far too complex to fly" and that "old and simpler is far better."

Fox's Katie Pavlich defended Trump against the baffled reactions to statements like these, per Mediaite. "To give President Trump some credit, everyone's like, 'Oh, what does he know about planes?' The guy's owned planes his entire life," said Pavlich, "and when you own a private plane, you know about the way it functions."

Not everyone on The Five bought this explanation, with Fox News' Kennedy chiming in to say the tweets made the president sound like he was saying, "Get off my lawn."

In private, Trump, who also owned an airline for three years, has mused that the Boeing 737 MAX "sucked" and is not nearly as good as his private jet, The Washington Post reports, writing that the president in recent days has "played the role of aviation expert, despite having no formal training in aeronautics." Brendan Morrow

2:30 p.m.

Mort Drucker, the beloved artist known for his work at MAD magazine, has died at 91.

Drucker died Wednesday at his home in New York, his friend John Reiner confirmed to The New York Times. Reiner told CNN's Jake Tapper his death was not thought to be related to COVID-19.

After joining MAD in 1956, Drucker's hilarious caricatures satirizing pop culture soon became iconic, and he illustrated more than half of the magazine's movie parodies from the 1960s through 2008, per the Times. In a 2000 interview with the Times, he noted, "I think I've drawn almost everyone in Hollywood."

Among Drucker's other notable work includes the poster for George Lucas' American Graffiti; according to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucas personally drove to Drucker's home on Long Island to convince him to draw it.

"The World has lost a not just an extraordinary talent but a shining example of kindness, humility and humor," the National Cartoonists Society said in a statement.

MAD fans on Thursday quickly began sharing their favorite cartoons from Drucker's legendary career, including his parodies of Jaws and Star Wars. "Many of his illustrations are as vivid in my mind as the movies and TV shows that inspired them," The New York Times' Dave Itzkoff wrote.

Reiner told CNN's Jake Tapper that Drucker's final words to him were, "I'm the luckiest man — I've had a wonderful life." Brendan Morrow

2:11 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump is officially donning a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, although the jury's still out on whether her husband will follow suit.

In a social media post Thursday, the first lady shared a photo of herself wearing what appears to be a surgical mask, touting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation "to wear cloth face coverings."

"Remember, this does NOT replace the importance of social distancing," she wrote. "It is recommended to keep us all safe."

Melania's masking comes one week after President Trump announced he would not be wearing a mask, despite the CDC-issued guidelines urging people to do so. At the time, Trump implied that it would be odd to be "sitting in the Oval Office, behind that beautiful Resolute Desk" while wearing a mask, so it's unclear how he's taking this news.

The photo of the first lady appears to show her wearing a surgical mask rather than the CDC-recommended "cloth face covering," the former of which is recommended only for use by health care professionals and medical first responders amid critical supply shortages.