President Trump urged “obstructionist” Democrats on Wednesday to work with him on repairing the country’s infrastructure, a top priority that the White House has so far struggled to bring Democrats on board with.
Infrastructure has long been billed as one of the few areas that could receive broad bipartisan support this Congress, with Trump pledging to send a $1 trillion package to Capitol Hill later this year that he had hoped both parties would eagerly embrace.
But Democrats have increasingly lost their appetite to make a deal with Trump on the issue as details about the rebuilding proposal have begun to emerge and as other controversies have besieged the White House in recent weeks.
“I’m calling on all Democrats and Republicans to join together, if that’s possible, in the great rebuilding of America,” Trump said during a speech in Cincinnati, Ohio, standing in front of a barge of West Virginia coal. “The people… they want to see us all come to together. But I just don’t see them coming together.”
The president blasted Democrats for trying to block his agenda, such as his effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare, and suggested Democrats might have more electoral success if they came together on issues like infrastructure.
“Boy, have they tried every single thing. They’re just obstructionists,” Trump said. “I don’t think, you know honestly, I would be doing it that way. I would be doing positive things.”
“That’s why they lost the House, they lost the Senate, and they lost the White House,” he added.
Trump also assailed ObamaCare in the speech, which is part of a weeklong effort by the White House to ramp up support for his infrastructure initiative. Wednesday’s remarks were focused partly on the importance of inland waterways and their vital role in transporting corn, steel, coal and other products.
But Democrats are seemingly being driven further away.
SOURCE: MELANIE ZANONA