Trump to highlight aging waterway system in Cincinnati

WASHINGTON -” President Donald Trump is set to promote his plans for a $1 trillion overhaul of the nation's crumbling roads, bridges and waterways during a speech along the Ohio River.

"Hopefully, that will be the beginning to the end of this terrible, frightful situation the world is suffering through right now", Trump said. "We will create the first class infrastructure our country and our people deserve".

But the controversies and distractions in Washington continued to dog the president throughout the day. It includes detailed descriptions of meetings and phone conversations between Trump and Comey.

The president blamed congressional Democrats for slowing the passage of the GOP House health care bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

During a campaign stop in Wilmington Ohio previous 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.

During his remarks, which lasted about half an hour, Trump framed his plan as a way to make good on his pledge to put "America first", saying expensive US entanglements overseas have distracted the country from its goals of spurring job growth. Many argue such a plan would result in taxpayer-funded profits for corporations with the cost loaded onto consumers.

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.

"Even though Congress agrees on this I think there's even more agreement in the Democratic Party about supporting a program that actually creates jobs and fights against Trump's agenda of privatization", Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado said.

"A private-sector-driven infrastructure plan means tolls, tolls, tolls - paid by average, working Americans", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY.

Anthem cited Republican efforts in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act as one of the reasons it chose to pull out of OH, as the company is unsure whether new legislation would still pay reimbursements to insurers that Obamacare subsidies for low-income out-of-pocket healthcare costs.

'If we gave you the greatest plan in the history of the world, you would have no Democratic votes, ' he contended. Senate Republicans are working on their own version.

Trump is also talking up his controversial decision to pull the USA out of what he dismissively referred to as the "so-called" Paris climate accord.

"We have 12,000 miles of inland waterways in the United States". Trump then shouted out a long as heck line of labor leaders, which is amusing, seeing as the president's stance on unions has been overtly hostile to say the least.

The White House has yet to detail specifics of the plan, but hopes to finance improvements using public-private partnerships. He has "dedicated $200 billion in his budget as part of a $1 trillion investment plan to rebuild infrastructure", according to the White House. That drama will come to a head on Thursday when former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, who was leading the Russian Federation probe until Trump fired him last month, testifies before a Senate panel.

Hours earlier, Adm. Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, and Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence, refused during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Wednesday to confirm or deny allegations that Trump asked them to interfere in the FBI's probe into Moscow's interference in the 2016 elections.

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

Whalen said they had to cut the group coverage for their business then she couldn't go to the doctor she wanted when she was pregnant.

In addition to the Wednesday speech, Trump is scheduled to speak Friday to the Department of Transportation and other transportation stakeholders.

At 7:44 a.m. Wednesday, Trump tweeted out his choice to replace Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director - Christopher A. Wray, a former assistant attorney general under former President George W. Bush. Barges the president said were carrying West Virginia-produced coal were visible on the river behind him.

US inland waterways are mainline routes for transporting agricultural products, but officials say they've fallen into disrepair.

  • Zachary Reyes