President Donald Trump was in Cincinnati, Ohio on Wednesday afternoon to deliver a speech about America’s infrastructure and our economic future.
The President was trying to gin up support for his big infrastructure plan by speaking from the Rivertown Marina, where some of those infrastructure dollars will end up being spent. During his speech on the importance of reinforcing our nation’s infrastructure and getting middle class Americans back to work, President Trump took a shot at former President Barack Obama whose own infrastructure proposals ended up being a massive failure. Trump reminded his audience about Obama’s big “shovel ready jobs” comments, and then promised that the Trump administration wouldn’t repeat the same ugly mistakes of his predecessor. This time around, the shovel ready jobs really will be “shovel ready.”
At least $200 billion of the $1 trillion pledge will come from direct federal investment. Working with states, local governments, and private industry, we will ensure that these new federal funds are matched by significant additional dollars for maximum efficiency and accountability. I’ll have people watching over each one of these jobs and every penny will count to them.
Taxpayers deserve the best results for their investment and I will ensure that this is what they get. The last administration passed a stimulus package, of which only a tiny 7% went to infrastructure. And much of that was just wasted money, you folks up front know what I am talking about. The great infrastructure plan, nobody saw any money. Remember shovel ready? Shovel ready wasn’t shovel ready, that I can tell you. We’re not going to repeat that mistake, that is not going to happen again. instead, our plan will help states and local governments prioritize their most pressing infrastructure needs, building transformative projects that create a flood of wealth and opportunity to benefit every part of our country, especially rural America.