Trump proposes plan to improve US' infrastructure

Trump says an $8.7 billion maintenance backlog for waterways is only getting worse.

"Obamacare is in a total death spiral", adding, "We want millions of finally have the quality and affordable health care that they deserve".

Trump said that as he campaigned across the country a year ago, people often asked him why the USA was spending money to rebuild other countries when the roads and bridges they travel on needed rebuilding, too.

In his second event highlighting the need for infrastructure modernization in what the administration has dubbed "Infrastructure Week", Mr. Trump said the time was now for "recapturing our legacy as a nation of builders" and putting the focus back on American workers.

Trump called on Democrats to support his infrastructure plan, but he then quickly went after them for opposing his agenda - in particular, the GOP's proposal to overhaul health care. Many argue such a plan would result in taxpayer-funded profits for corporations with the cost loaded onto consumers.

The president planned to host governors and mayors at the White House on Thursday to discuss the use of tax dollars for infrastructure projects.

Trump will be joined in Cincinnati by a number of steel workers, coal miners and local construction workers, in addition to Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky, whose state will provide a backdrop for the President.

"It's just insane expensive", said Dan Withrow, president and owner of a pallet packaging and distribution company in Louisville, Kentucky.

"Every single thing is obstruction", Trump said. "Bridges were so risky they couldn't use them", he said.

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The president spoke about all that he had done to create jobs, including his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate agreement.

Trump said he would not allow the United States to become a "museum of former glory".

Trump said as long as he is president "we will never have outside forces telling us what to do and how to do it".

Though the President calls the plan a $1 trillion plan, Trump has previously proposed $200 billion in tax cuts that the White House and Trump administration hope will spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment.

White House aides had hoped that what they called "infrastructure week" would provide new momentum for Trump's legislative agenda and focus the president's attention on a positive message during a week in which senior US intelligence officials and former FBI director James B. Comey are testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee over the federal probe into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian officials.

Then on Tuesday afternoon, when reporters and photographers were allowed into the Roosevelt Room at the top of a meeting with GOP leaders, Trump opted to make a not-so-veiled reference to the Russian Federation scandal that is threatening to wreck his domestic agenda.

The White House launched a series of high-profile events this week created to ramp up support for Trump's effort to rebuild US roads, bridges, airports and other public works.

  • Zachary Reyes