Donald Trump abandoned plans to assemble an infrastructure council on Thursday, another sign that his troubling response to Charlottesville continues to bring down his agenda.
According to Bloomberg, the planned council “would have advised Trump on his plan to spend as much as $1 trillion upgrading roads, bridges and other public works.”
If you’re keeping score at home, the total number of advisory councils abandoned by the White House since the disturbing events in Charlottesville now stands at three.
More from the Bloomberg report:
Trump had tapped New York developers Richard LeFrak and Steven Roth, whom he described as friends, to lead the infrastructure panel, which he established by an executive order on July 19. But he had not announced any formal appointments to it. Through a spokeswoman, LeFrak declined to comment. Roth didn’t respond to a request for comment.
The council, which was supposed to have no more than 15 members representing real estate, finance, labor and other sectors, was designed to study and make recommendations to the president regarding the funding, support and delivery of infrastructure projects.
It’s likely that Trump is starting to see the writing on the wall: Nobody wants to be seen within the same zip code as him, particularly after he spent the past week defending white supremacists and Nazis.
Before the events in Charlottesville, Trump’s agenda was already in turmoil, getting buried under the weight of the ongoing Russia scandal, administration in-fighting, and sheer White House incompetence.
Now, it appears to be all but dead as nobody with a conscience is willing to align themselves with this administration.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.