President Trump Promises Full Funding of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Democratic candidates for president have already started visiting Michigan. But Thursday night, it was the president’s turn at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
It was the first time he had visited the state in more than a year, and shows just how important our state’s role will be in 2020.
The rally in front of more than 12,000 people had a victory party feel—hitting things like the Mueller report, an increase in jobs, and probably the biggest news of the night, a flip on his previous stance on the Great Lakes protections.
“I support the Great Lakes,” Trump said. “They’re beautiful. They’re big.Very deep, record deepness right? And I’m going to get, in honor of my friends, full funding of $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.”
He previously included a 90 percent cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in his proposed budget.
Congressman Jack Bergman says they had spoken with the president about how important the Great Lakes are to Michigan and the U.S.
“He says what’s going on, what do the people of Michigan need, what are your priorities?” Bergman says. “We talked to him about these such important—how much the Great Lakes is Michigan shoreline, but also the health of the Great Lakes and of course the Soo locks.”
The Michigan Democratic Party responded to the visit with this statement:
“The people of Michigan care about health care, clean water, quality education, and good-paying jobs, not Donald Trump’s politics of division and utter failure to deliver anything but Michigan’s manufacturing jobs elsewhere.”