After a week marked by persistent scandals and high-profile departures, politics was not the focus. Mr. Trump seemed to have focused on presenting his supporters with a range of red meat topics, including his zeal to improve border security, his promise to build a border wall with Mexico, his government's efforts to withdraw, what he called "job killing" regulations and his thwarting of Democrats.
"Really, I have done much more than I have promised," said Mr. Trump. "We did a lot of things that I did not even promise."
In the pouring rain, Mr. Trump set off for the training center, where he was to sell an ambitious plan that would try to spend $ 200 billion in federal expenditures on total spending of $ 1
Instead, Mr. Trump denounced a previous version of a South Korea trade agreement as a "horror show" and "Hillary Clinton Special" the amount he could hold as he continues the planned talks with North Korea.
"Certainly the rhetoric has calmed down a bit, has not it?" Trump asked the crowd. "We will see how everything develops."
Mr. Trump also seemed to leave the script in other areas. At one point, he suggested that he intended to pull American troops out of Syria, where they helped a military campaign that retook the vast majority of the territory that was once controlled by the Islamic State or ISIS. "We're going to beat IS," he said. "We will be coming from Syria very soon, let the other people take care of it now."
When the crowd applauded, he added, "Very soon, very soon we come out, we will have 100 percent of the caliphate, like they call it – sometimes referred to as "land" – and pick up everything quickly and quickly. "
The comment seemed to contradict the plans of his national security team to hold a small force in place. On Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said that although American forces were no longer "offensive on the ground" and "slightly withdrawn" to avoid a chance conflict with Russian forces, they still played a role. "We continue operations in Syria," he said.
Some foreign policy experts said a complete withdrawal of US troops from Syria would leave a dangerous void. "If we pull those troops out, we'll hand over the remnants of Syria to the Russians and the Iranians and the other actors, which would be a great victory for Russia," said Jamie M. Fly, a Republican scholar at the United German Marshall Fund States. On Thursday, Trump finally focused on the infrastructure to implement his plan to speed up the approval process. But the theme and timing of the president's focus on his plan, which was announced in February, are curious. The congressional republicans have not shown much interest in hosting the infrastructure package, and even the Democrats, who favor proposals with much more federal spending, are not planning it. Trump recognized in his remarks something of this reality.
"I do not think you will get support from the Democrat," he said. "You will probably have to wait until after the election."
The civil servants have not made any public or private efforts that match the scale of the pressure campaign they had before the adoption of Mr. Trump's signature tax cut package last year. Gary D. Cohn, arguably the most prominent proponent of the infrastructure proposal, recently left his post as director of the National Economic Council. His successor, Larry Kudlow, is less enthusiastic about an increase in federal infrastructure spending.
The government envisages that states, local governments and the private sector contribute the bulk of the funds
Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, who has called for a large infrastructure law, he said be skeptical that the President's visit would incite any action.
"He and Congress do not blink whenever they spend billions of dollars in taxpayers' money on the rich," Trumka said, "but we have not seen any nickel in the infrastructure, he can talk about it forever, but he has to do something . "
Senator Chuck Schumer from New York, the minority leader, reiterated this mood on Thursday. "The Democrats are eager to work with infrastructure management," he said, "but the White House lacks seriousness."
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