Opinion | Trump’s infrastructure promise became a joke in Washington, will Biden deliver? Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 28, 2021

It became almost a joke here in Washington DC. After Donald John Trump assumed power on January 20, 2017, he promised to rebuild “the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.”

He said the United States was beginning to look like “a third world country” and he was the messiah sent by God to “Make America Great Again.”

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As weeks turned into years, people in DC began to ask when is the real infrastructure week finally coming?

As more years passed, many began to joke that maybe this new week will be the real “infrastructure week.”

“Infrastructure week” became a joke to describe Trump’s failure of leadership or his bad relationship with promises.

Now, on day 1430 of his presidency, and with only 32 days to the Biden inauguration at noon on January 20, 2021, many continue to wonder, will Trump pull a surprise in the last four weeks of his presidency? Can he rebuild “the crumbling third world-like infrastructure in the last four weeks of his presidency?” The truth is there will be no surprises in these last 32 days.

Politicians understand human beings. If you do not make promises to do something big, people do not vote for you. If you make promises to do something big, they may likely vote for you. If you deliver on some of your promises, they may likely vote for you again. If you don’t, a new guy will come promising to rebuild heaven on earth and the people will vote for them. And on and on, the cycle continues!

President-elect Joe Biden
President-elect Joe Biden

As for the infrastructure project, President-elect Joe Biden has nominated former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg to be his secretary of transportation.

He, too, has promised that the 38-year old Mayor will lead the rebuilding efforts of the nation’s infrastructure. He wants to “Build America Back Better,” he says.

Many people believe he will. But, we never know, for in politics, the more you look, the less you see! 

Simon Ateba writes for Today News Africa in Washington DC

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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