President Donald Trump says the United States must have the best, fastest and most reliable infrastructure in the world.
Trump is in Cincinnati to talk about a specific piece of his infrastructure plan: inland waterways and the need to repair aging levees, dams, locks and ports.
In excerpts of his remarks released by the White House, Trump is expected to say that inland waterways are critical to commerce, but currently depend on a dilapidated system.
He says that’s why he’s pushing a plan to pay for infrastructure improvements with $200 billion in tax breaks that he hopes will leverage $1 trillion worth of construction over time.
Trump says an $8.7 billion maintenance backlog for waterways is only getting worse.