Earlier this week, the White House said, "The president aims to give states and localities the ability to address their own critical infrastructure needs and to collaborate with private enterprises where it makes sense".
On the riverfront east of downtown Cincinnati, the focus was on bridges, dams, and locks. "A new era of American greatness is beginning".
"The Republicans are working very very hard on getting a great healthcare plan", Trump added.
According to Trump, during his election campaign he saw infrastructure all over the country was "crumbling" and he found communities were "desperate" for new highways and bridges, Efe news reported.
The Republican-controlled House passed a healthcare bill May 4 and the Senate is now working on its own version.
Talk of cooperation has faded as the realities of Washington prevailed and Republicans balked at the idea of adding the tab to the national debt.
A White House statement released in conjunction with Trump's speech outlined previously released details, including using $200 billion in direct federal funding to leverage $800 billion from private groups.
"They have had their lives completely upended by the disaster known as Obamacare", Trump said. And, as much as possible, we'll relate what else was going on at the time.
In the speech, the president also pressed the Senate to send him a health care bill, criticized congressional Democrats as "obstructionists" and revisited his controversial decision to pull the USA out of the Paris climate agreement.
"I will judge any infrastructure package by whether it's good for OH", he said. And we watch everything falling into disrepair. "Presidential leadership we've been lacking, and now we've got it".
As a candidate, Trump had promised to invest big money in Cincinnati's infrastructure, including Interstate 71 and the overcrowded Brent Spence Bridge. "I can tell you the Democrats are really in our way".
A quarter of Ohio's bridges are considered deficient or functionally obsolete.
"In my campaign for president, I traveled all across the nation".
Under a new infrastructure program, improvements to the nation's 12,000 miles of inland waterways will happen sooner, he said.
"The promise of safe reliable and modern infrastructure hasn't been kept, but we're going to keep it".
In a week when attention is focused on former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before Congress, President Trump called on Democratic "obstructionists" to help restore and rebuild American infrastructure.
His subsequent firing has only fueled the controversy and led to the appointment of an independent prosecutor within the Department of Justice.
U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, joined the three other Ohio Democrats in the U.S. House in writing a letter Wednesday to Trump urging his administration to act on broad policies that invest in America's infrastructure. Nonetheless, the White House appears to be making little effort to round up bipartisan support on the issue. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.
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