Trump on healthcare plan, infrastructure: 'The Democrats are really in our way'

Alvin Kelly
June 15, 2017

Trump spoke about Obamacare's failures at Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport with families who have had problems with his predecessor's health care law. It has proposed funding the improvements with $200 billion in tax breaks over nine years that would - in theory - leverage $1 trillion worth of construction.

"It is time to rebuild our country, to bring back our jobs, to restore our dreams, and yes, to put America first", Trump said, according to excerpts released by the White House.

But Trump will distinguish his approach from President Barack Obama's $787 billion stimulus bill in 2009, saying his plan focuses on "accountability of how federal tax dollars will be spent" rather than "just substituting federal highway dollars for state dollars".

President Donald Trump waves to the crowd after speaking during a rally at the Rivertowne Marina, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Cincinnati.

On Wednesday, though, Trump is not expected to talk about any of that.

"Every single thing. On healthcare, I won't get one vote on health care, Obamacare is crashing, it's dead, it is in a death spiral as the head of one of the biggest insurance companies said, it is in a death spiral", he complained. Ohio's Governor John Kasich, a vocal critic of Mr Trump and a former Republican presidential candidate, has met with the president to discuss those concerns.

"Infrastructure, the president's said all along he believes to be a bipartisan exercise and it's one that we will be looking to partner with them on", Short said.

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President Trump traveled to the banks of the Ohio River here on Wednesday to rally blue-collar workers behind his emerging infrastructure plan, using the event to bash Democrats as "obstructionists" over his stalled legislative agenda.

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.

Trump said his party is "working very, very hard" on a new health plan.

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. He declined to give policy specifics about the speech, except to say that "administrative" steps would be involved and that the president's daughter Ivanka Trump would be part of the initiative.

That's the word from Republican Rep. At the Rivertowne Marina, Trump was joined by several Cabinet secretaries as well as two NY real estate moguls, Richard LeFrak and Steven Roth, whom Trump had previously named to lead an infrastructure council to monitor progress.

The issue of replacing aging locks, dams and levees on the nation's inland waterways is no doubt important, given how much coal, gas and other materials are shipped on major rivers like the OH, but it is not an issue most Americans would be likely to list among their top priorities.

In a June 7 speech in Cincinnati, President Donald Trump unveiled additional details on his administration's plans to rebuild USA infrastructure through a $1 trillion investment plan.

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