President Trump recently sat with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer to talk infrastructure.
Finally! We see both sides working together for the betterment of Americans. Good job, Mr. President!
President Trump also recently initiated a phone call to Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which Trump said he and Putin “didn’t discuss” the topic of Russian meddling in American elections.
Ugh! One step forward and two steps back.
On the plus side, Trump, Pelosi and Schumer agreed the nation needs trillions of dollars on infrastructure upgrades. It’s something local communities and counties have been saying for years — roads are in disrepair, bridges are dangerous, water and wastewater systems are failing and rural communities are being left in the dust when it comes to technology.
To see all three leaders on the same page is uplifting and, hopefully, they can work out how to pay for the work needed.
By the way, the side benefit from a massive infrastructure upgrade is the projects put millions of Americans to work in good-paying jobs — something that President Roosevelt understood when he implemented the New Deal to get American out of the Great Depression, and President Eisenhower understood when America was dealing with a recession following World War II and the Korean conflict.
Paying for such a massive undertaking will not be easy — depending on which party controls Washington when a plan is formalized, major funding is likely to come from cuts in military spending or cuts to social services, Medicare and Social Security.
Hopefully, leaders will be able to craft a plan that doesn’t damage the safety net in place for America’s seniors.
On the America-Russia situation, we remain baffled why the president appear incapable of standing up to Putin.
Trump’s staff has been saying for weeks that not only did Russia meddle in the 2016 election, but also that meddling is ongoing and expected to ramp up in 2020. Yet Trump said he didn’t broach the subject to Putin.
Granted, Trump has gone on record saying he has no reason to believe that Russia did meddle after Putin told him Russia wasn’t involved — and if we can’t believe a former KGB spy, who can we believe, right?
Trump also reported that Putin declared that Russia was not involved in Venezuela, despite all the U.S. intelligence services pointing to Russia involvement; so, of course, Trump believed Putin.
However, Trump was particularly pleased to inform Putin that the investigation into contacts between his campaign and Russia is over (it’s not), that there was a finding of no collusion (there wasn’t) and that there are no criminal charges (that remains to be determined).
It’s almost as if President Trump was checking in with Putin, to give a update on how things are going and get instructions on things going forward.
That couldn’t be it . . . could it?