June 28, 2017

Trump promises "first-class" infrastructure system for US

08 June 2017, 05:29 | Tami Weber

As Trump spoke to a crowd of hundreds outside the Rivertowne Marina, protesters lined up near Kellogg Avenue hoping he'd take notice.

"The Democrats are really in our way", the president said in remarks at the Cincinnati airport, prior to another event on infrastructure.

The speech came a day before former FBI Director James Comey's testimony to Congress Thursday and as the White House faces new allegations about possible efforts by the president to influence the investigation into potential ties between his campaign and Russian Federation.

With his second critical tweet of Sadiq Khan's response to an ISIS van and knife attack, Trump drove another wedge between the United States and an ally with which American long has had a "special relationship".

The president painted a dire picture of the nation's locks, dams, and bridges, saying they are "crumbling" as maintenance has been "massively underfunded". "It's time we start looking out for our interests in the United States".

"We're going to address the debt ceiling before we hit the debt ceiling", quipped Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) during a press conference this morning.

Democrats want $1 trillion in new federal spending and proposed a plan that includes $200 billion in roads and bridges, $20 billion in expanding broadband Internet access, $110 billion for water systems and $75 billion for schools.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Cleveland Democrat, also sent a letter Wednesday to Trump, writing he shares the president's "goal of promoting economic and national security and supporting the American manufacturing and the U.S. defense industrial base".

The Kentucky Chamber is focused on improving infrastructure across the state.

"The devil's in the details - we have to see what the details of the plan are", she said.

"Privatizing the roads is going to lead us to having toll roads everywhere and toll bridges", Good said. However, many Democrats are opposed to Trump's plans for financing the overhaul, arguing they would result in taxpayer-funded corporate profits with the costs absorbed by consumers. We had this bill that was like Noah's ark for every project, and he'd just spend money. And much of that was just wasted money, you folks up front know what I am talking about. I'd be doing positive things.

Wednesday's event, paired with Comey's upcoming testimony, is part of the dual screen reality the Trump White House is now operating in. Asked by CNN whether he is concerned by what Comey will say to Congress, Trump smiled but ignored the question before getting into his limousine.

Mr. Trump characterized Mr. Obama's first stimulus package as being too light on infrastructure development and another "broken promise".

"Nobody thought any politician would have the guts to approve that final link", the president said to applause from the audience of about 400.

Cohen said Trump's plan also neglects support for boosting the Highway Trust Fund, which has operated with a massive deficit for years. "While it's very early in the administration, I think everyone has noticed", he said. I took none, actually none.

The president said the two families were "giving voice to the millions and millions and millions of Americans who are going through turmoil", according to a pool report.

The White House and Republicans are already proceeding on a partisan basis with their other two big legislative projects, health care and taxes, with uncertain chances for success on both.

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