Trump promises 'first-class' infrastructure system for US

President Donald Trump will discuss his plans for a $1 trillion overhaul of the nation's crumbling roads, bridges and waterways during a speech in Ohio Wednesday.

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. He spoke before a crowd at Rivertowne Marina.

In Trump-land, this week is "infrastructure week".

Locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi and IL waterways, in particular, are dilapidated, the NGFA said.

"I sent a clear message that America expects fair trade, a level playing field, and so many other things that we're demanding for our workers and for our companies", he said. But most Democrats say funding vehicles such as public-private partnerships can not adequately address the problem.

President Donald Trump promised to create a first-class system of roads, bridges and waterways by using $200 billion in public funds to generate $1 trillion in investment to pay for construction projects that most public officials agree are badly needed and long overdue.

Trump mentioned that people around the country are anxious there are bridges "so risky they are afraid they are going to fall down".

An anticipated topic that Trump did not mention was the Brent Spence bridge, which connects Kentucky and Ohio.

The United States has spent trillions in the Middle East, he said.

During a campaign stop in Wilmington Ohio past year, Trump said he would redirect billions of dollars in payments to the United Nations to combat climate change and "use that money to invest in America", including replacing the double-decker bridge.

Taylor also said she wasn't sure how much of a factor Trump will be in the 2018 gubernatorial race. "We have to figure out how to make it work".

Wednesday's event, paired with Comey's upcoming testimony, is part of the dual screen reality the Trump White House is now operating in.

"We will never have outside forces tell us what to do and how to do it, believe me", he said, calling it a "huge anchor on our country".

He delivered a speech after Anthem announced that they were pulling out of the health care exchanges in OH, due to prohibitive costs to the company. "One of the biggest broken promises ever". And that's even before former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump has appeared to admit firing in part to ease his worries over the bureau's Russian Federation probe, testifies in what is being called the "Super Bowl" of recent congressional hearings on Thursday. He will be replacing James Comey, who Trump fired last month. Wray is a former Justice Department official who was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's personal lawyer during the George Washington Bridge lane-closing investigation.

The Wray appointment is likely to take even more national attention away from the Rivertowne Marina event.

"We applaud the president for committing his vast building experience to modernizing the inland waterways, and establishing a goal of completing projects on-time, on-budget, and removing regulatory impediments", the council added.

"Now it's the Senate's turn to act -I hope they're going to act in a very positive manner", Trump said.

Just moments before the president began his speech, the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington was hearing testimony from Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, National Security Agency Adm. Mike Rogers, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that was scheduled to focus on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

  • Zachary Reyes