The President has announced a new round of cuts to the construction industry, saying he wants to get the job done sooner rather than later.
“I’m cutting $20B in spending by 2027, so that’s right in line with what the American people want,” Trump told reporters at the White House Wednesday.
“We’re going to put money in, and it’s going to come in much sooner.”
Trump said the cuts will be in line and consistent with what he called “America’s strength” and “the American spirit.”
“I want to build a wall that we can build with America,” Trump said.
“I want a big border wall, and I want the construction companies to start getting paid more.”
The President made the announcement at the National Governors Association, where he delivered a speech that focused on infrastructure.
He announced the cuts at a press conference in the Oval Office.
“When you have a government that is controlled by billionaires and by people who don’t care about people,” Trump added.
“And that’s not the way we’re going, that’s why we need to change it.
I am going to do everything I can to change that.”
The White House has been looking for ways to bring down the cost of building infrastructure, especially for infrastructure that connects to areas that already have high demand for energy and construction materials.
The President also made a reference to the Dakota Access Pipeline, which he said would be approved in the “next several days.”
“You know, if they were to go through with this pipeline, we’re gonna get a heck of a lot more done than they’re gonna have to get through,” Trump joked.
Trump said he will be asking Congress to authorize a tax on the Dakota pipeline and other fossil fuel projects to pay for infrastructure.
Trump also suggested he may want to make a deal with Democrats on climate change, saying that if they want to go along with the Paris Agreement, then he will let them.
“We’re gonna make a very, very good deal,” Trump promised.
“If you can’t get along with them, then maybe we’ll just get along, but we’re not going to be making a deal.”
The administration is also moving forward with a new rule requiring that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state and local officials report on deaths caused by hurricanes, floods and wildfires.
Trump said he would sign a new executive order this week to “send a message to states and cities that if you can afford to have a disaster, don’t be afraid to spend taxpayer dollars on rebuilding.”