President Donald Trump called for infrastructure improvements Monday after a train derailment in Washington.
“The train accident that just occurred in DuPont, WA shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly,” Trump tweeted. “Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble! Not for long!”
Multiple fatalities occurred after an Amtrak passenger train spilled over onto a Washington highway. “It’s pretty horrific,” Ed Troyer, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said.
Trump’s infrastructure plan has yet to be officially released. The president proposed a $1 trillion spending plan during the campaign, however, aides have suggested backing public-private partnerships with less federal spending.
Unlike most Republicans, Trump has praised high-budget infrastructure solutions like high-speed rail.
“You go to China, you go to Japan, they have fast trains all over the place,” Trump told airline executives at the beginning of his term in office. “We don’t have one. I don’t want to compete with your business, but we don’t have one fast train.”