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Trump abandons plan to create infrastructure council: White House

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U.S. President Donald Trump has abandoned plans to create an infrastructure advisory council, the White House said on Thursday, the day after two other advisory groups were dismantled over the furor caused by Trump’s remarks on white supremacists.

“The President’s Advisory Council on Infrastructure, which was still being formed, will not move forward,” a White House official said.

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The decision to drop the planned council was first reported by Bloomberg.

Trump signed an executive order last month establishing the advisory council, with members to be drawn from real estate, construction, transportation and other sectors of the economy.

Trump has proposed spending $1 trillion to fix aging U.S. roads, bridges, airports and other infrastructure, a major part of his legislative agenda along with healthcare and tax reform.

On Wednesday, Trump disbanded two other high-profile advisory groups after several chief executives quit in protest over his remarks blaming violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend on anti-racism activists as well as white nationalists.

Trump said he dissolved the American Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Policy Forum “rather than putting pressure” on its members, although both groups were moving to disband on their own when Trump made his announcement on Twitter.

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(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Bill Rigby)


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‘It’s only $4.99 per month’: Trump urges supporters to sign up for network that went to Ukraine with Giuliani

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President Donald Trump on Friday night urged his 67 million Twitter followers to pay for a monthly subscription to watch Facebook video from a far-right Fox News competitor.

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[caption id="attachment_1569174" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Screengrab of President Donald Trump's retweet of a One America News solicitation.[/caption]

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Maddow recounted the process complaints by Republicans -- each of which has disappeared.

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She played a clip of former GOP Speaker Newt Gingrich on Fox News.

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Speaking at a White House meeting on Friday about small business and regulation, Trump went on one of his trademark riffs, touching on a number of subjects with the clarity of a muddy puddle. He seemed to be referring to a series of complaints that have been raised over the years about various consumer product regulations (a favorite topic of Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky) but without making a coherent point about any of them.

Read the whole stream of consciousness rant to get a sense of what it was like:

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