Few Details on Trump Infrastructure Executive Order Press Event

August 15, 2017
Trump showed this infrastructure flow chart

In a press conference this afternoon at New York's Trump Tower, those that hoped to get greater insight on the president's $1 trillion infrastructure plans got very little hard information

Standing in front of an elevator bank, the president decried the infrastructure approval process as a "massive self-inflicted wound on our country. It's disgraceful." He went on to say the U.S. infrastructure is equal to that of a third-world country.

A 6-foot long flow chart (click to view) held up by the president and Transportation Secretary Chao was shown as an example why it takes up to 20 years to get approval to build a highway. The chart looked like the one the president has unrolled on other occasions.

Another flow chart, possibly 18-inches long, displayed how his new executive order will cut the approval process time to no more than two years. The president said eliminating 'the consultants' and having one lead agency for each infrastructure project would be the key.

No mention was made about the anticipated roll back of Obama's Federal Flood Risk Management Standard order that required recipients of federal funds to strongly consider risk management standards when building in flood zones, including measures such as elevating structures from the reach of rising water.

The executive order is available on Whitehouse.gov