President Donald Trump will not move forward with a planned Advisory Council on Infrastructure, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.
The council, which was still being formed, would have advised Trump on his plan to spend as much as $1 trillion upgrading roads, bridges and other public works.
The action follows Trump announcing on Wednesday that he was disbanding two other business advisory councils. Corporate chief executive officers had started to quit the panels in protest over Trump’s remarks that appeared to confer legitimacy on white supremacists following a violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12.
Wasn’t this supposed to be Infrastructure Week at the White House? Somehow it turned into Confederate Appreciation Week.
The nationwide debate over the removal of monuments to the Confederacy is coming to the U.S. Capitol.
While President Donald Trump on Thursday urged the preservation of “our beautiful statues and monuments” honoring Confederates, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) plans to craft legislation that would remove the Capitol’s statues lionizing supporters of the slave-holding era and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is calling for their elimination.
Pelosi on Thursday urged Republicans to join her in supporting removal of the Confederate figures from the Capitol, lending new momentum to Booker’s effort. Only a few Democrats had previously called for the statues’ removal after white supremacists staged a violent rally in Charlottesville over that city’s likeness of Robert E. Lee.
Fun fact: in the statuary collection, which contains two statues from each state, there are a total of ten Confederates, and a total of nine women.
* Alex Isenstadt reports that White House aides were taken aback when the president gave a Twitter endorsement to Sen. Jeff Flake’s primary opponent, since they think she’s a weaker candidate than some other possibilities. Fine tuned machine!
* Mark Murray reports that the fate of confederate monuments has now become an issue in the closely watched Virginia gubernatorial contest. The Trump effect?
* Julius Krein, who founded the pro-Trump journals American Affairs to give intellectual ballast to the Trump administration, says that he regrets supporting the president, and admits his harshest critics were right to point to his tendency to pander to racists.
* A new analysis from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy shows that nearly half the benefits of the Trump administration’s proposed tax cut would go to the top one-half of one percent.