Trump Calls For Massive Infrastructure Plan Following Deadly Amtrak Train Crash

President Donald Trump cited a train derailment that left at least six people dead Monday as evidence that the nation’s infrastructure is in need of immediate repair.

As Politico reported, he addressed the topic in a pair of tweets hours after the crash in DuPont, Washington.

According to Trump, the derailment “shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly.”

He went on to claim that the U.S. has spent $7 trillion “in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble!”

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Officials have not announced a definite cause for the derailment, which resulted in train cars falling from an overpass onto a busy interstate and snarling traffic about 40 miles south of Seattle.

No motorists were included among the dead, though several were reportedly injured.

One official who spoke anonymously to The Associated Press said early signs in the investigation suggested the train collided with something before it derailed.

The Amtrak train was traveling along a new route as part of an extensive project authorities say was designed to improve rail transport between Seattle and Portland, Oregon.

Not everyone was convinced the $180 million expansion was a good — or safe — idea.

As The Seattle Times noted, the mayor of nearby Lakewood, which is also in the path of the new rail line, recently predicted a calamitous crash.

“Come back when there is that accident and try to justify not putting in those safety enhancements,” he said at a public meeting. “Or you can go back now and advocate for the money to do it, because this project was never needed and endangers our children.”

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Anderson specifically predicted a train would hit a vehicle or pedestrian at one of the local crossings along the new route.

Infrastructure was a central theme of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, as Business Insider reported at the time. Trump said he planned to spend $1 trillion on projects such as improving roads, bridges and tunnels.

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