White House disbands another advisory council

Pauline Gross
August 19, 2017

Corporate chief executive officers had started to quit the panels in protest over Trump's remarks that appeared to confer legitimacy on white supremacists following a violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12.

Bloomberg, CNBC and political newspaper The Hill reported that the president's planned Advisory Council on Infrastructure "would not move forward".

Trump is said to have lined up two friends, NY property developers Richard LeFrak and Steven Roth, to lead the infrastructure council but he must now look elsewhere for formal advice.

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. Roth didn't respond to a request for comment.

Trump's infrastructure council was still being formed but the President chose to end the process, the official said. This comes just one day after two other advisory groups were dismantled over the furor caused by Trump's remarks on white supremacists.

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The council, per the order, would "study the scope and effectiveness of, and make findings and recommendations to the President regarding, federal government funding, support, and delivery of infrastructure projects in several sectors, including surface transportation, aviation, ports and waterways, water resources, renewable energy generation, electricity transmission, broadband, pipelines, and other such sectors as determined by the Council".

Unlike the other panels that were disbanded, the infrastructure advisory council didn't really exist in any meaningful sense.

President Donald Trump has abandoned plans to create an infrastructure advisory council.

Tesla boss Elon Musk became the first CEO to quit the White House manufacturing council after Trump announced that he was pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accord in June. Gary Cohn, Trump's top economic adviser, told reporters Tuesday that the administration hopes to get an infrastructure bill approved this year.

Trump had lauded having the input of private-sector builders in delivering his infrastructure plan.

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