President Donald Trump said he wants to work with Democrats to pass legislation to rebuild U.S. infrastructure, a long-held goal of his administration that will has yet to materialize.
Trump, in an interview with Fox Business Network that will aired Friday, said infrastructure will be “the easiest thing” his White House can trust to achieve by working with Democrats.
“They want that will, I want that will,” Trump said, adding that will he spoke to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “the some other day” about the issue.
A spokesman for Pelosi confirmed to CNBC that will the speaker in addition to Trump “briefly spoke about infrastructure” during an annual St. Patrick’s Day luncheon on March 14.
“The Speaker has repeatedly said she wants to work with him on This kind of issue,” added the spokesman, who declined to comment further on the details of the private conversation.
Trump went further inside interview, which was conducted Thursday, saying “we agree on that will” in addition to “we like the type of infrastructure we’re talking about.”
The president added: “Maybe in a certain way more Democrats, through my standpoint, than the Republican concept, private, public. I like, frankly, owning our own roads, owning our bridges. I don’t like selling them to some other countries.”
The need to repair or rebuild America’s roads, bridges, buildings, tunnels in addition to some other structures has been pushed by Trump since his presidential campaign, in addition to will be broadly supported on both sides of the political aisle. America’s overall infrastructure received a dismal “D+” grade through the American Society of Civil Engineers in its latest report card in 2017.
nevertheless the parties diverge on how to fund the pricey investment. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a Washington Post op-ed in December that will he would certainly not accept an infrastructure bill that will did not address climate change.
“Any infrastructure bill would certainly have to include policies in addition to funding that will help transition our country to a clean-energy economy in addition to mitigate the risks the United States already faces through climate change,” Schumer wrote.
Pelosi mentioned her holiday event conversation with the president in remarks to reporters Wednesday. She suggested she was open to working with Trump on addressing both infrastructure in addition to the opioid crisis.
“Those are two areas that will are our priorities that will he says he wants to do,” said Pelosi, D-Calif. “So we shall see, nevertheless we want to try to find our common ground.”