Donald Trump tried and failed to pass an infrastructure bill so many times over the course of his presidency that his attempts were reduced to a punchline. Now out of office, Trump is trying to ensure that his successor, Joe Biden, suffers the indignity of the “infrastructure week” jokes as well.
The former president has sounded off repeatedly in the past week about the negotiations taking place between Senate Republicans and Democrats on the Hill and in the White House. He’s encouraged GOP lawmakers to abandon the talks and criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for even entertaining them.
Senate Republicans have said, in interviews, that they have directly asked the former president not just to tone down his criticism but to actually support the infrastructure deal.
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NEW — Trump is privately working to sabotage the infrastructure deal, with aides peaved that Senate Republicans didn’t do one when he was president and now are giving Biden a win.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) July 28, 2021
BREAKING: GOP senators say they’ve reached agreement on “major issues” in infrastructure bill https://t.co/hry3jL1RwD
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 28, 2021
🚨🚨🚨🚨SCHUMER says a vote on cloture on the motion to proceed to bipartisan infrastructure bill “as early as tonight”
BIG procedural vote.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) July 28, 2021
PORTMAN on infrastructure: “We now have an agreement on the major issues.” He says they’re ready to move forward tonight. pic.twitter.com/TPMDpkN7Mq
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) July 28, 2021
“I feel confident about it,” Biden says of the bipartisan infrastructure deal during his tour of the Mack Truck 🛻 facility here in Pennsylvania
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) July 28, 2021