Trump pushes infrastructure plan as Russian Federation probe heats up

Claudine Rigal
Juin 8, 2017

Shortly after arriving at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati on Wednesday, President Donald Trump delivered some remarks about health care, accompanied by two OH families whose lives were "completely upended" by ObamaCare.

In a formal address twenty minutes later, Trump hit the same note, telling his audience during a marina speech that was billed as an infrastructure address: 'American lives and livelihoods depend on our action together.

Prior to his riverfront apearance, Mr. Trump met at the regional airport he flew into with families from Troy, Ohio and Louisville. described by the White House as small business owner "victims" of the federal Affordable Care Act.

President Donald Trump is about to deliver remarks in Cincinnati, Ohio. "We are coming out to do good, not to do bad, to do good". Just like ISIS, he's going to fix things, but he can't say how (because he doesn't know). Boy, have they tried.

Schumer struck a far different tone in the days immediately after Trump's election, when he told The Associated Press that infrastructure investment was an area where Trump appeared more aligned with Democrats than with Republicans. I'd be doing positive things. A White House official tells CNN that Trump plans to pitch infrastructure as a nationwide problem in Ohio, as he speaks on the banks of the Ohio River. About 60% of grain exports use inland waterways, and up to 25% of the nation's coal and petroleum are moved in this way as well.

A group of Democratic lawmakers held a conference call after the speech on Wednesday to offer their "rebuttal" to Trump's rebuilding ideas. Instead, Democrats are panning Trump's proposed $1 trillion overhaul and even Republicans are balking at some aspects of the emerging plan. Far more attention is usually paid to roadways, railways and runways, he said.

"I've talked to the president several times on the phone". I took none, actually none.

He said that even if they presented Democrats with the "greatest plan in the history of the world", they still would not get a single vote from them.

"Let's not have a few financiers whispering into the ear of the president to determine what our infrastructure policy will be, because it will be a flop".

Still, he said the industry is concerned about Trump's recent budget proposal, which he said could result in higher costs for the commercial users that finance the waterways' upkeep. "The Democrats are destroying health care in this country".

The proposal has since morphed into proposed tax credits of $200 billion over a decade that the administration hopes would leverage $1 trillion in private investment and matching dollars from states and local governments for infrastructure development. He plans to spur growth and investment by "dramatically reducing permitting time for projects from 10 years to 2 years and slashing regulations to speed up the decision making process".

And while a section of the speech did outline the infrastructure package he wants to sign into law and the improvements it would usher in from coast to coast, Trump did not exactly court the Democratic support he will need to pass it.

Trump's trip, part of a week of events aimed at promoting the White House initiative, was heavy on symbolism as he spoke at the Rivertowne Marina to a crowd of 400 steelworkers, coal miners and construction workers. "Wait until you see what I'm going to do with steel".

At the riverfront rally, Trump said if the American economy is to completely recover "we must end Obamacare".

Trump's campaign-style speech, at the Rivertowne Marina, also delved into conflicts in the Middle East and a defense of his decision pull the USA out of the Paris Climate Accord, but he spent most of his breath spelling out details for a series of infrastructure proposals to overhaul and modernize the nation's waterways.

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