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This week on Banter, AEI visiting scholar and director of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy Rick Geddes joined the show to discuss the Trump administration’s long-awaited infrastructure plan and the future of US infrastructure policy. Geddes’ work at AEI focuses on infrastructure, public and private partnerships, the US postal system and postal delivery policy, and corporate governance. He hosted Under Secretary for Policy at the Department of Transportation Derek Kan and a panel of infrastructure policy experts at AEI for a discussion of the details of the plan. You can watch the full event video at the link below.

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In New York City today President Donald Trump signed an executive order to cut red tape on infrastructure projects to make it easier, he said, to construct roads and bridges. He then took questions from reporters, who almost exclusively asked about his comments about the violence in Charlottesville, VA, last weekend. The exchange between Trump and the reporters was lively, with one reporter asking the president, “Are you against the Confederacy?” Trump repeatedly denounced the reporters as being part of “fake news,” saying that the coverage of what happened in Charlottesville would have been better, “If you were honest reporters, which in many cases you’re not.” Trump also asked reporters if they were in favor of taking down statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, since both were slave-owners. “You’re erasing history,” said the president.