President Donald Trump is about to deliver remarks in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The president already was off message.
Speaking in Cincinnati, Ohio, President Donald Trump pledged to rebuild the nation's infrastructure using American labor and materials.
The speech came a day before former FBI Director James Comey's testimony to Congress Thursday and as the White House faces new allegations about possible efforts by the president to influence the investigation into potential ties between his campaign and Russian Federation.
The president planned to host governors and mayors at the White House on Thursday to discuss the use of tax dollars for infrastructure projects. He spoke before a crowd at Rivertowne Marina.
The White House has yet to outline specifics of the infrastructure plan, which it hopes to achieve largely through public-private partnerships.
"The American people deserve the best infrastructure anywhere in the world", said Trump.
Once Trump reached the venue for his infrastructure remarks, he again veered off script.
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'They happen to be Republicans because we're having no help - it's only obstruction from the Democrats. "Waterways, roads, and bridges are central to farmers' efforts to feed and fuel the world, and we must invest in all of them". Every other country looks out for their interests.
"We have 12,000 miles of inland waterways in the United States".
Chamber of Commerce said after the speech it supports Trump's infrastructure push. I'd be doing positive things. I mean, every single thing.
Trump has struggled to get a healthcare package passed by the U.S. Congress even though his Republican Party controls both the House of Representatives and the Senate. People don't want to see what's going on. "But I just don't see them [Democrats] coming together". States and cities will also receive grants to meet their own infrastructure needs.
Trump also touted his recent foreign trip, including a stop in Saudi Arabia, which he said would bring new foreign investment in USA -produced military equipment. "It got to the point where I probably absorbed $100,000 worth of increases", he said. At the Rivertowne Marina, Trump was joined by several Cabinet secretaries as well as two NY real estate moguls, Richard LeFrak and Steven Roth, whom Trump had previously named to lead an infrastructure council to monitor progress. Kushner reportedly is a person of interest in the FBI's ongoing probe of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential race.
Zeldin told reporters that Trump upheld his tweeting. Presidents are under no obligation to answer questions during what are called "pool sprays", and many, including Trump, often ignore shouted queries.
As the White House tries to shift the focus back to Trump's legislative agenda, the president traveled to the Rivertowne Marina in Cincinnati to argue his case for efforts to fix aging levees, dams, locks and ports, as well as his larger public works aims.
'They've had their lives completely upended by the disaster known as Obamacare, ' Trump proclaimed. But on the flip side, being disconnected from your aides' plans is "not a sound management practice", the official added.