Trump says his $5 trillion infrastructure plan will create 1.3 million jobs in two years, but workers fear it won’t hit them first
The president on Thursday reiterated his long-promised plan to create 1 million new jobs in the next two years in a speech to a joint session of Congress, despite an announcement earlier in the day that it was going to be postponed due to the economic crisis.
Trump called the plan “historic” and said it will create more than 1.1 million jobs over a period of three years, according to a transcript obtained by the Associated Press.
He said it would be financed by $5.4 trillion in infrastructure spending that the Trump administration has already promised to fund in its first 100 days in office.
“It’s going to create jobs, and it’s going not only to create a lot of jobs, but it’s also going to add to the wealth of the country,” Trump said at a joint press conference with Vice President Mike Pence in the Capitol.
The infrastructure plan is expected to be one of the first things Trump signs into law as president on Friday, when he and his Cabinet begin drafting the blueprint.
Trump promised to announce the plan this week.
The president also promised that construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would be finished by 2019.
“We’re going to build the wall and it will be finished in 2019,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Thursday.
The White House said in a statement Thursday that the plan is “still under development and would not be completed in time for the November elections.”
Trump also called for an “open” border, which some of his supporters have suggested would be easier for undocumented immigrants to cross.
But Trump’s plans to build a wall and a border wall were met with widespread criticism, including from his own party and congressional Democrats.
Trump said Thursday that construction on the wall would begin “in the next few months” and that it would “only cost tens of billions of dollars” compared to the costs of building a wall across the border.
Trump has promised to cut $1 trillion from the federal budget over the next decade.
“I am going to cut the budget of every department in America, because it is costing a fortune,” Trump declared during a campaign rally in May.
He also said he would cut back on military spending, saying that “we’re going back to our military” to handle the border wall.
In an interview with The Associated Press in January, Trump said that he would be “back to the military” if elected.
The administration has yet to offer details of the plan to build or fund the wall.
The Republican-led Congress and the Trump White House have also faced criticism for not doing enough to help workers affected by the economic recession.
The number of unemployed Americans has risen to record levels in the past year, and some experts say that a significant portion of the nation’s workers are now relying on temporary, part-time jobs to make ends meet.