Trump Is Said to Abandon Plan for Council on Infrastructure


Trump Is Said to Abandon Plan for Council on Infrastructure

Before the events in Charlottesville, Trump's agenda was already in turmoil, getting buried under the weight of the ongoing Russian Federation scandal, administration in-fighting, and sheer White House incompetence. Even amid some political turmoil, leaders from Silicon Valley have remained engaged, at least in part, to the White House.

The forum was only formally established in July, but NY property developers Richard LeFrak and Steven Roth had reportedly been earmarked to lead the panel since before Trump's inauguration.

Two private equity executives, William Ford of General Atlantic and Joshua Harris of Apollo Global Management, were reported last month to have joined the council, which was to advise Trump on shaping a $1tn infrastructure plan that he proposed during his campaign for president.

And then there was the White House's June push for "Infrastructure Week" - during which Trump tweeted about his travel ban, the mayor of London, and former FBI Director James Comey, whose bombshell testimony before Congress sucked up any oxygen left over for infrastructure.

Facing an exodus of private-sector leaders who no longer wanted to be associated with him, Donald Trump this week disbanded his American Manufacturing Council and Strategy and Policy Forum, both of which featured some of the nation's most prominent CEOs.

The resignations were largely prompted by Trump defending far-right marchers who violently attacked antifascist counter-protesters during demonstrations in Charlottesville on Saturday.

President Donald Trump will not move forward with a planned Advisory Council on Infrastructure, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.

A 32-year-old woman was killed when a vehicle ploughed its way through a group of protesters last Saturday in the Virginia town, sparking a wave of condemnation of the neo-Nazi groups.

Trump's infrastructure council was still being formed but the President made a decision to end the process, the official said. "But that was as an invited speaker, not as a member of any council".