20 MAR 2017: Donald Trump is calling for the elimination of subsidized air service to rural communities, many of which supported his election last year after he promised to create jobs.

Officials in those communities say it would sever an economic lifeline that enables them to attract and keep businesses and jobs. Trump's proposal is part of his budget plan

The programme has long been a target of conservatives who say the subsidies are too expensive for the relatively small number of passengers served. The administration says elimination of the programme would save about US $175 million a year.

An Associated Press analysis of budget data shows Trump got more than 50 percent of the vote in 86 of the 111 communities in the lower 48 states that receive subsidies under the programme.

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