Trump Promises “Spending on Infrastructure Big”
President Donald Trump spoke about infrastructure investment at a meeting of the National Association of Governors on Monday, promising more spending on the nation’s roads, bridges, and tunnels.
But his remarks were lacking in any specifics and even seemed contradictory. On the one hand, he said “we’re going to start spending on infrastructure big,” suggesting it would be federal money going towards the projects, and other other hand said “”we’re going to make it easier for states to invest in infrastructure.”
Here’s what else the president had to say on the subject:
We spent $6 trillion in the Middle East, and we have potholes all over our highways and our roads. I have a friend who is in the trucking business. He said, my trucks are destroyed going from New York to Los Angeles. They’re destroyed. He said, I’m not going to get the good trucks. He always prided himself on buying the best equipment. He said, the roads are so bad that, by the time we make the journey from New York to Los Angeles or back, he said the equipment is just beat to hell. I said, when has it been like that before? He said, it’s never–he’s been in the business for 40 years — he said it’s never been like that. Forty years–never been like that. So we’re going to take care of that.
Infrastructure–we’re going to start spending on infrastructure big. And it’s not like we have a choice. It’s not like, oh, gee, let’s hold it off. Our highways, our bridges are unsafe. Our tunnels–I mean, we have tunnels in New York where the tiles are on the ceiling, and you see many tiles missing. And you wonder, you know, you’re driving at 40 miles an hour, 50 miles an hour through a tunnel. Take a look at the Lincoln Tunnel and the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, and you’re driving, and you see all this loose material that’s heavy. And it was made many years ago, so it’s heavy. Today, it’s light. It used to be better. The problem is, you got to hold it up. And I say to myself — every time I drive through, I say, I wonder how many people are hurt or injured when they are driving at 40, 50 miles an hour through a tunnel, and the tile falls off. And there are so many missing tiles and such loose concrete. So we have to fix our infrastructure. It’s not like we have a choice. We have no choice, and we’re going to do it, and it also happens to mean jobs, which is a good thing.