Trump derails infrastructure speech to whine about Democrats obstructing his agenda

Trump derails infrastructure speech to whine about Democrats obstructing his agenda

Trump derails infrastructure speech to whine about Democrats obstructing his agenda

In excerpts of his remarks released by the White House, Trump is expected to say that inland waterways are critical to commerce, but now depend on a dilapidated system. The speech comes as the White House attempts to work through a series of distractions by focusing on Trump's legislative agenda. He also didn't directly mention the hottest topic in Washington right now - the anticipated testimony of fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey that Trump demanded "loyalty" from him.

But during his half-hour address, Trump didn't give many new details about the proposal, which would rely mostly on cash from public-private partnerships and state and local governments.

Saying Americans "deserve the best infrastructure any where in the world", the president promoted his $1-trillion plan to rebuild roads, bridges and canals with a direct investment of $200 billion from the federal government.

While infrastructure was initially seen as an area where Republican and Democrats could work together, Democrats have balked at Trump's plans for financing improvements, arguing they would result in taxpayer-funded corporate profits, with costs offloaded on consumers.

The Republican president held up OH as a prime example of a state that's had its health insurance market wrecked by Obamacare after a meeting with "victims" of the law this afternoon in Cincinnati.

"America wants to build", Trump said.

"We will do it using American labor, American energy, American iron, aluminum and steel", Trump pledged.

White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said governors and mayors will meet with Trump at the White House on Thursday for a listening session focused on the efficient use of tax dollars for infrastructure projects, Time magazine reported.

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"We are going to restore America's industrial might, creating the jobs and tax base to put new infrastructure all over this country".

The White House has dubbed this week "Infrastructure Week", and has held events to promote the administration's $1 trillion plan to revamp the nation's infrastructure.

One of the president's guests in Cincinnati spoke to America's privilege in having Trump as president for the goal of deregulating private companies and thus seeing growth.

"To be clear, when President Trump spoke today about "private dollars" in infrastructure, specifically relating to surface transportation, he is talking about tolls".

But the rollout has been largely overshadowed by Trump's own tweets and the dramatic news surrounding the Comey hearing.

"If I passed it all on to them, they would be paying outrageous rates", he said.

"The president will present his sustainable solution to this problem in OH on Wednesday", she said.

Trump said the families - one from OH and another from Kentucky - are going through "turmoil" along with millions of other consumers who are facing rising premiums and limited choices for health coverage under the 2010 law. "It's time to recapture our legacy as a nation of builders and to create new lanes of travel, commerce, and discovery, and we're going to see all the way into the future, and the future's going to be handsome, and the future's going to be bright", he added.

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