Trump says he may not work with Dems on infrastructure

Trump says he may not work with Dems on infrastructure
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President Trump said Thursday that he may not reach across the aisle to work with Democrats on a massive infrastructure bill, while at the same time acknowledging that they may be more supportive of the issue than his own party.

“I’m not sure that we will bring them in. Maybe we’ll bring them in, maybe not,” Trump told reporters at his Bedminster, N.J., golf club.

“I think the infrastructure bill will be bipartisan and quite frankly, I might have more support from the Democrats. I want a very strong infrastructure bill.”

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Massive infrastructure spending has repeatedly been billed as one area that could garner bipartisan support in Congress. But so far, the ideas floated by the administration, such as encouraging private investors to raise money for projects through toll ways and other user fees, have drawn the ire of Democrats.

The White House initially planned to release a legislative package in late summer or early fall, but that timeline has slipped as Congress has been occupied with trying to enact healthcare changes and tax reform legislation.

Trump reiterated on Thursday, however, that they have been working “very hard” on the $1 trillion rebuilding proposal.

“I want a very big infrastructure bill, where we’re working on that very hard already,” he said. “And we can do that. And we may even get bipartisan on infrastructure, but we want to have it.”

Trump also had high praises for Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoElaine Chao: Women can't let harassment hold them back House Republican backs bill to overhaul DC Metro To address America's crumbling infrastructure, follow Britain's lead MORE, who is spearheading the administration’s infrastructure push, saying she has done a “very good job” and that he is “ very proud” of her.

But Trump said he was disappointed in her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.).

“I’m very disappointed in Mitch,” Trump said. “If he doesn’t get repeal and replace done, if he doesn’t get taxes done, meaning cuts and reform, and if he doesn’t get a very easy one to get done — infrastructure — if he doesn’t get that done, then you should ask me” whether he should consider stepping down.