During the presidential election, Donald Trump promised to spend $550 billion to almost a trillion on infrastructure to build the next generation of roads, bridges, railways, tunnels, sea ports, and airports.
Trump’s ambitious infrastructure agenda was a consistent theme of his campaign. His signature proposal—the wall along the Mexican border—is, of course, an infrastructure project.
Another consistent theme of his campaign was an increase in military spending.
Below are selected highlights of the vision he puts for on the Donald J. Trump website and in a campaign speech he delivered in Philadelphia (https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/an-americas-infrastructure-first-plan) and (https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-releases/donald-j.-trump-military-readiness-remarks)
DONALD J. TRUMP’S VISION
Transform America’s crumbling infrastructure into a golden opportunity for accelerated economic growth and more rapid productivity gains with a deficit-neutral plan targeting substantial new infrastructure investments.
Pursue an “America’s Infrastructure First” policy that supports investments in transportation, clean water, a modern and reliable electricity grid, telecommunications, security infrastructure, and other pressing domestic infrastructure needs.
Refocus government spending on American infrastructure.
Create thousands of new jobs in construction, steel manufacturing, and other sectors to build the transportation, water, telecommunications and energy infrastructure needed to enable new economic development in the U.S.
Leverage new revenues and work with financing authorities, public-private partnerships, and other prudent funding opportunities.
Harness market forces to help attract new private infrastructure investments through a deficit-neutral system of infrastructure tax credits.
Implement a bold, visionary plan for a cost-effective system of roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, railroads, ports and waterways, and pipelines in the proud tradition of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who championed the interstate highway system.
Approve private sector energy infrastructure projects—including pipelines and coal export facilities—to better connect American coal and shale energy production with markets and consumers.
Develop a long-term water infrastructure plan with city, state and federal leaders to upgrade aging water systems. Triple funding for state revolving loan fund programs to help states and local governments upgrade critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.
Link increases in spending to reforms that streamline permitting and approvals, improve the project delivery system, and cut wasteful spending on boondoggles.
We will build an active Army of around 540,000, as the Army’s chief of staff has said he needs. We now have only 31 Brigade Combat Teams, or 490,000 troops, and only one-third of combat teams are considered combat-ready.
We will build a Marine Corps based on 36 battalions, which the Heritage Foundation notes is the minimum needed to deal with major contingencies – we have 23 now.
Under “Key Issues” on the Infrastructure Positions page, the website states:
According to the Wall Street Journal, “more than a dozen