Trump: Amtrak crash shows why we need infrastructure plan

Trump: Amtrak crash shows why we need infrastructure plan

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE on Monday used an Amtrak derailment in Washington state to push his forthcoming plan for U.S. infrastructure.

“The train accident that just occurred in DuPont, WA shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly,” Trump said.

“Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble! Not for long!”

In a second tweet 10 minutes later, Trump sent his condolences to people affected by the crash.

The tweets from the president came hours after a derailment on the Interstate 5, south of Seattle. The Amtrak train reportedly derailed as it was traveling over a highway overpass. An image posted to Twitter shows train cars both on the highway and hanging off the overpass.


An official with the Washington State Patrol declined to provide additional information about injuries and fatalities during a news conference.

The Trump administration is preparing a $1 trillion infrastructure effort that is supposed to be unveiled next month.