President Donald Trump was in Northeast Ohio Thursday speaking at a training facility in Richfield, where unionized construction workers train on heavy equipment.
Though the visit was supposed to discuss his latest infrastructure plan, Mr. Trump touched on other topics too.
With daughters Tiffany and Ivanka also there, he praised the progress along his border wall.
“That’s what I do, is I build,” he said. “It was always my best thing. I think better than being President.”
He also brought up his boost in military spending, which he claims creates millions of jobs, while also promising to have U.S. troops out of Syria soon.
He talked about the Department of Veterans Affairs, just one day after firing its secretary over an ethics scandal.
Trump said he was not happy with the speed with which veterans where being seen, but stopped short of saying the agency should be privatized.
“It could be fixed. By the time they [veterans] see the doctor, it’s over,” he said. “We’re going to have real choice.”
He even praised the recent success of the “Roseanne” show.
“Over 18 million people, and it was about us!” he said. “They haven’t figured it out, the fake news hasn’t quite figured it out yet.”
As for infrastructure, President Trump proposes spending billions of federal dollars to get state, local, and private agencies to invest about $1.5 trillion more.
He said it could be done under budget, ahead of schedule, though the plan has yet to be approved.
Speaking to Channel 3 News, U.S. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta said it all depends on Congress.
“They should act, they should legislate, they should adopt this infrastructure bill,” he said.
Some listeners, however, including Linda Pierce, wanted specifics.
“How is he going to pay for it, what will he do, and how will he accomplish it?” she asked.
In the meantime, the President also made headlines Thursday in a tweet calling out Amazon for not paying enough in tax and putting small retailers out of business.
“We need an even playing field. Whether it’s internationally on trade or domestically,” Secretary Acosta said about the tweet. “We need an even playing field and that’s what the President is saying.”
Amazon plans to soon add two new fulfillment centers east of Cleveland, both promising jobs.
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