No fewer than seven occasions — together with this very week — has Trump’s White Home declared that its chosen theme of per week can be infrastructure — solely to see these plans thwarted, usually by the President himself.
“This places aides in a tricky place. Whereas they wish to push coverage reforms, like they did over the weekend, they virtually all the time discover themselves getting distracted by 140-character messages from the President himself.”
And this concluded Infrastructure Week No. 1.
“I feel there may be blame on each side,” Trump reiterated. “You had a bunch on one facet that was unhealthy. You had a bunch on the opposite facet that was additionally very violent. No one needs to say that. I will say it proper now.”
So lengthy, Infrastructure Week No. 2!
And on and on it went.
“President Donald Trump used what was billed as an infrastructure occasion on Thursday to as a substitute ship a politically tinged handle that veered from overseas coverage to Republicans’ prospects in upcoming elections to the reboot of Roseanne Barr’s sitcom.”
All of which brings us to this week, aka Infrastructure Week, half infinity. On Wednesday, Trump and the 2 high Democrats in Congress — Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer — had been scheduled to sit down down and hash out the small print of a $2 trillion infrastructure plan. That assembly lasted all of 5 minutes, as Trump stormed out — postpone by Pelosi suggesting he was participating in a “cover-up” together with his administration’s refusal to cooperate with any of the investigations being run by Home Democrats.
“I got here right here to do an infrastructure assembly with Democrats — probably not considering that they wished to do infrastructure or the rest apart from examine. And I simply noticed that Nancy Pelosi, simply earlier than our assembly, made a press release that we imagine that ‘the President of the USA is engaged in a cover-up.’ It seems I am probably the most — I feel most of you’ll conform to this — I am probably the most clear President most likely within the historical past of this nation.”
RIP, Infrastructure Week. Once more.
The curse of Infrastructure Week is greatest understood as a window into each the trendy presidency — and the way Trump views the workplace. Information occurs, and when it does, the American president is required to not simply provide ideas on it however direct his consideration to it. That is a problem for any president. However Trump exacerbates that problem by displaying a childlike incapacity to remain on message for even a day — a lot much less a whole Infrastructure Week.
Brenna Williams contributed to this report.