Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., criticized President Donald Trump, saying his plans to revamp U.S. infrastructure would have to be substantial to gain Democrat support.
"It has to be big enough to be transformative … we'd have to make sure that those 40 or 50 really distressed, older, industrial cities got some additional support, essentially a Marshall Plan for those places, because a big infusion of capital moving into infrastructure, could inadvertently have the effect of more efficiently emptying out these older cities by creating magnets of development," Kildee said Monday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
"I'm really fearful that places like Flint or Buffalo or Cleveland or Youngstown, while they would seem to be beneficiaries of this, could really lose because a lot of money going into much easier to develop places would just exacerbate the problem," the congressman said.
Trump's win in Kildee's state led to his wrapping up the presidency, and Kildee explained how Trump won Michigan. "Two things contributed to his winning Michigan. One is that he had the frustrated voter who felt like we'd all abandoned them, go with him. The other is, sort of the middle, the base that we depend upon was unmotivated," the congressman said.
Kildee has criticized Trump before. On May 23, Kildee slammed Trump's budget for cutting funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. "In eliminating Great Lakes restoration funding, President Trump is threatening our state's jobs, our livelihood, and our way of life," Kildee said in a press release.
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