Trump derails infrastructure speech to whine about Democrats obstructing his agenda

Lauren Perry
June 14, 2017

During the campaign, Trump said he would replace the bridge, but he has indicated recently that states and local governments are going to have to deal with such problems themselves. "Waterways, roads, and bridges are central to farmers' efforts to feed and fuel the world, and we must invest in all of them", said Hartman, a farmer from Waterloo, Illinois.

Wednesday broad messaging continued what the president has been doing all week, largely via his Twitter account.

Trump has not detailed the source of the $200 billion or the breakdown in spending.

The president also discussed plans to overhaul the country's health insurance law, commonly known as Obamacare.

Speaking in Cincinnati, Ohio, President Donald Trump pledged to rebuild the nation's infrastructure using American labor and materials.

"It's time to rebuild our country, to bring back our jobs, to restore our dreams", Mr. Trump said.

"I am here with a message for you and all the great businesses and their workers, together we will fix it", Trump said of what he called the nation's "crumbling" infrastructure. Many argue such a plan would result in taxpayer-funded profits for corporations with the cost loaded onto consumers. Democrats are destroying health care in the country.

The president was met on the tarmac by "two of the victims of the Obamacare catastrophe created by Democrats" - Raya Whalen and Dan Winthrow - and their families.

"It's just insane expensive", said Dan Withrow, president and owner of a pallet packaging and distribution company in Louisville, Kentucky. I mean, every single thing. "It got to the point where I probably absorbed $100,000 worth of increases", he said.

The "House took an important first step to rescue Americans from this calamity" - it's the Senate's turn to act, he said. "Obamacare was one of the biggest broken promises in the history of politics", he went on.

"We love Ohio", Trump said.

"We're here today to talk about rebuilding our nation's infrastructure". Senate Republicans are working on their own version. Trump has said the pact that almost 200 nations agreed to in 2015 was unfair to the United States.

The White House has yet to detail specifics of the plan, but hopes to finance improvements using public-private partnerships. 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. Trump has denied the allegations and called the Russian Federation story "fake news".

The White House has billed this "infrastructure week" and planned a series of events, beginning with a push by the president Monday to privatize the nation's air traffic control system and separate it from the Federal Aviation Administration. "It's time to recapture our legacy as a nation of builders and to create new lanes of travel, commerce, and discovery, and we're going to see all the way into the future, and the future's going to be lovely, and the future's going to be bright", he added.

Referring to the Ingram barges behind him, trump touted his other economic policies.

Superville contributed from Washington. Shown are PlayCare co-owner Rays Whalen, left, and CSS Distribution Group President Dan Withrow and their families.

Trump delivered his speech at the Rivertowne Marina with the Ohio River in the background.

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