Trump: Nation’s infrastructure can be fixed 'only by me'

Trump: Nation’s infrastructure can be fixed 'only by me'
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Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE says he is the only presidential candidate who can restore the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges. 


Trump’s Wednesday comments seem to represent an effort to separate himself from presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClintons, Stacey Abrams meeting Texas Democrats Biden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote MORE on infrastructure issues — one area where the two candidates generally agree.

While delivering a blistering attack on Clinton from his hotel in New York’s SoHo neighborhood earlier in the day, Trump vowed to “build the greatest infrastructure on the planet earth — the roads and railways and airports of tomorrow.”

“When I see the crumbling roads and bridges, or the dilapidated airports or the factories moving overseas to Mexico, or to other countries for that matter, I know these problems can all be fixed, but not by Hillary Clinton,” Trump said. “Only by me.”

The billionaire drew on his experience in the real estate world to argue he is more capable of advancing infrastructure projects than his likely general election opponent.

“Construction is what I know,” Trump said. “Nobody knows it better.”

Trump has offered few clues about how he would tackle an estimated $1.4 trillion infrastructure shortfall in the next decade.

The businessman has previously called for major investments in the transportation system and even acknowledged it would likely cost taxpayer dollars, but he has yet to unveil any infrastructure plan on his campaign website. 

Trump mentioned the issue in his 2015 book, “Crippled America,” citing an estimate from the Senate Budget Committee that rebuilding U.S. infrastructure would create 13 million jobs — a familiar figure circulated by many Democrats. 

Clinton, meanwhile, has proposed a sweeping, five-year proposal that includes $250 billion in direct spending on new and improved infrastructure and $25 billion on a national infrastructure bank to help bring more private capital off the sidelines.

But Clinton has remained vague about how she would pay for the massive plan, only saying on her campaign website that it would be accomplished through business tax reform.