President Trump on Wednesday dismissed Democratic lawmakers as "obstructionists" while simultaneously calling on them to work with him on a new infrastructure effort.
As he called for both parties in Congress to work to build "the roads, bridges, tunnels and waterways of tomorrow," the Republican president said Democrats "honestly have really been obstructionists."
"Boy, have they tried," Trump said of Democrats during a speech in Cincinnati. "Every single thing. On healthcare, I won't get one vote on healthcare, Obamacare is crashing, it's dead."
"We won't get one Democrat vote," he added. "They are just obstructionists. Every single thing is obstruction."
Getting back on message about infrastructure, Trump asked for bipartisanship. "I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans to join together if that's possible in the great rebuilding of America," he said. "Countless American industries, businesses, and jobs depend on rivers, runways, roads and rails that are in dire and even desperate conditions."
Trump said $200 billion of a direct federal investment is dedicated in his budget for a $1 trillion infrastructure effort.
"The American people deserve the best infrastructure anywhere in the world," he said. "We are a nation that created the Panama Canal, the transcontinental railroad, and…the interstate highway system. We don't do that anymore, we really don't. We don't even fix the old highways anymore."
Trump, speaking in front of a barge of West Virginia coal, said that during the campaign, he "heard the pleas from the voters who wanted to know why we could rebuild foreign countries" but "we can't build a road, a highway, a tunnel, a bridge in our own nation."
The White House has said it hopes to pass infrastructure legislation this year. "Infrastructure, the president has said all along, he believes it will be a bipartisan exercise, and it's one that we will be looking to partner with them on," Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, said this week.
Democrats have expressed interest in more government spending for infrastructure, but are more resistant to the private investments Trump has suggested.
The White House kicked off "Infrastructure Week" on Monday with a proposal to privatize the country's air traffic control system.