Trump outlines infrastructure plan in Cincinnati

Trump outlines infrastructure plan in Cincinnati

Donald Trump will visit Cincinnati today to muster support for his promised $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan. The plan will

Photo: Keith Schneider

Photo: Keith Schneider

Donald Trump will visit Cincinnati today to muster support for his promised $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan.

The plan will focus on waterways, roads and other infrastructure projects and will be spruiked during a week-long nationwide tour. The push began on Monday, when the president released plans to privatise the US’ air-traffic support system over a three-year period. In Cincinnati, Trump will address the administration’s proposed upgrades to some 19,300 kilometres of inland waterways, dams, locks and ports, which are vital to transporting goods produced inland to coastal cities and international ports.

However, the administration’s infrastructure investment drive has been criticised for putting too much emphasis on privatisation. Critics also say that plans to significantly cut federal funding for transportation will heap pressure on local and state funding.

Hit by a slew of major controversies over the past few months—particularly on foreign policy issues—leading to 54% of Americans disapproving of Mr Trump; the president will be hoping to pivot away from these issues and refocus on a core election pledge to bring voters back onside on Wednesday.