Trump told GOP leaders he had problems with his team’s infrastructure plan: report

Trump told GOP leaders he had problems with his team’s infrastructure plan: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE over the weekend pushed back on the details of a proposed infrastructure plan, contradicting a pitch from his own administration, The Washington Post reported.

Trump hosted several Republican lawmakers at Camp David over the weekend to discuss legislative priorities, including his long-awaited infrastructure proposal.

The president reportedly told Republican leaders that using public–private partnerships would not be an effective way to fund infrastructure projects, arguing a different approach may be better.


This was in contradiction to a presentation chief economic adviser Gary Cohn gave Saturday morning that discussed the use of public-private partnerships, the Post reported.

The plan reportedly involved $200 billion in spending, which the administration expects would trigger nearly $1 trillion in private and local investment.

White House officials confirmed Trump's comments, but one official told the newspaper that Trump was “musing aloud” about skepticism for the proposal and that the administration still planned to focus on public–private partnerships.

On the campaign trail, Trump pledged to propose a $1 trillion infrastructure bill within his first 100 days in office. However, the issue was rarely addressed in Trump’s first year in office.

An infrastructure effort could face roadblocks in both parties, with Republicans concerned about new government spending and Democrats hesitant to hand Trump another legislative victory.