WATCH: Trump uses giant chart to blast regulatory barriers to highways

President Trump used a giant chart on Tuesday to show all the regulations that must be complied with to build highways, which he said are getting in the way of his $1 trillion infrastructure plan. 

“I have to show this chart to you, because it’s amazing, actually,” Trump said during a speech to the National Association of Building and Construction Trades in Washington.

An aide quickly rushed to the lectern with the chart, which was taller than Trump himself. The prop earned chuckles from the audience of union officials and activists. 


“If you want to build a highway in the United States, these are some of the permits you need,” said the president, whose business career revolved around building projects. “It’s a process that can take way over 10 years and just never happens … And we’re getting rid of many of these regulations.”

Trump used the chart earlier during a roundtable discussion at the White House with building executives, part of his effort to rally support for his massive infrastructure plan. 

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the plan could be released as soon as late May.