On a visit to Ohio, President Donald Trump condemned the Paris climate accord, which was a keystone in the Obama administration’s foreign policy. While speaking to members of a labor union in Richfield, Ohio, the president said, “That was a disaster for this country.” Claiming that the pact would have forced the closing of American factories, Trump said “As far as I’m concerned, we’re developing. Pay us some money. We’re developing."
Under the terms of the Paris accord, the United States and other developed countries would have paid less-developed countries to transition to cleaner energy use. "Maybe we’ll call it redeveloping, because we’re redeveloping. But it was unfair," he said. The U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris accord. The pact sets environmental goals for the participating countries in a process that will take until November 2020.
On Thursday, the president said that his initiatives will bring about greater investment in infrastructure. “Now we are like in many cases a third-world country. It’s an embarrassment,” he said. “And we’re the ones that had the imagination and the drive to get it done. But we’ve got that again.”
Previously, Trump has said that infrastructure in the U.S. has declined to the level of a Third-World country. He has said, specifically, that airports need improvement.
On Thursday, Trump tweeted, “Washington spent trillions building up foreign countries while allowing our own infrastructure to fall into a state of total disrepair. No more! It is time to rebuild, and we will do it with American workers, American grit, and American pride!”
Anticipating that he may not get much support from Congress, the president said, "I don't think you're going to get Democrats' support very much." Trump added, "And you'll probably have to wait until after the election, which isn't so long down the road. ... We probably have to wait until after the election. Because the Democrats say, 'Don't give him any more wins!'"
Trump's $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan relies on $200 billion in federal funding, while counting on the balance to come from state and local governments.
Washington spent trillions building up foreign countries while allowing OUR OWN infrastructure to fall into a state of total disrepair. No more! It's time to REBUILD, and we will do it with American WORKERS, American GRIT, and American PRIDE! pic.twitter.com/Q9rPZi2D2s— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2018