President Donald Trump on Wednesday delivered remarks in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Trump spoke on the topic of infrastructure at the Rivertowne Marina, promoting his $1 trillion infrastructure plan.
“It is time to recapture our legacy as a nation of builders — and to create new lanes of travel, commerce and discovery that will take us into the future,” Trump said. “We are the nation that created the Panama Canal, the transcontinental railroad and the interstate highway system.”
This address came on a busy news day in Washington, D.C. Early this morning, Trump announced that his new pick for FBI director is Christopher Wray, a former Justice Department official. He will be replacing James Comey, who Trump fired last month.
In addition, intelligence agency chiefs testified before Congress this morning, and they refused to say on the record whether President Donald Trump asked them to end their investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Plus, James Comey will be testifying before Congress on Thursday morning in a highly anticipated hearing.
On Wednesday, though, Trump did not talk about any of that. Instead, he talked about the fact that his administration plans to invest $1 trillion in the nation’s roads, bridges, and airports, an issue Trump frequently spoke about during his presidential campaign.
“The president aims to give states and localities the ability to address their own critical infrastructure needs and to collaborate with private enterprises where it makes sense,’’ the White House said this week.
According to Bloomberg, Trump plans to allocate $200 billion in federal funding over the next 10 years, plus an additional $800 billion in state spending. This will include grants to rural areas to repair bridges, roads, and waterways. He also plans to privatize the air traffic control system. Details on the plan are scarce, as no actual piece of legislation has yet been drafted.