A friend of mine on his social media account commented, “How can you have your worst weeks at work when you are on vacation?”
No joke. As we see the Presidency crumble further into disarray, Trump’s infrastructure council has now been disbanded.
President Donald Trump will not move forward with a planned Advisory Council on Infrastructure, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.
The infrastructure council, which was still being formed, would have advised Trump on his plan to spend as much as $1 trillion upgrading roads, bridges and other public works. Its cancellation follows Trump’s announcement Wednesday that he was disbanding two other business advisory panels.
Corporate chief executive officers this week had started to quit both the American Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Policy Forum in protest over Trump’s remarks that appeared to confer legitimacy on white supremacists following a violent rally Aug. 12 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
That is three advisory boards that have sunk. As if Trump would listen to any advice from them.
An executive order formally establishing the group was not issued until last month. The White House indicated that slots were still being filled on the 15-member council, which was to include experts on real estate, finance, construction, transportation and other areas.
Trump said via Twitter on Wednesday that he was shutting down the other two advisory councils to “avoid putting pressure on the business people” to remain on board, but momentum was already moving in that direction.
The Trump administration has put forward the outlines of an infrastructure package but not formally unveiled its full plans for Congress. The initiative has been waiting in line behind Trump’s legislative pushes on health care and tax reform, both of which have stalled.
On Tuesday, while in New York, Trump signed an executive order related to one aspect of his infrastructure-related ambitions: dramatically reducing the permitting time for new highways.
Maybe, someone needs to tell Trump that business people cannot associate with a President that make statements about shared blame for last weekend’s violent protests involving white supremacists. It generally isn’t good for business.