Tuesday 31 March 2020 5:43 pm

Trump calls for $2 trillion infrastructure spending amid coronavirus relief

US President Donald Trump today called for a $2 trillion (£1.6 trillion) infrastructure spending package as part of the country’s upcoming coronavirus relief bill.

Trump said the funds should be included in plans for a so-called Phase 4 stimulus package aimed at bolstering the economy during the pandemic.

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“With interest rates for the United States being at ZERO, this is the time to do our decades long awaited Infrastructure Bill,” he wrote in a tweet.

“It should be VERY BIG & BOLD, Two Trillion Dollars, and be focused solely on jobs and rebuilding the once great infrastructure of our Country! Phase 4.”

It comes a day after speaker Nancy Pelosi hinted at a bipartisan Phase 4 package that would include funds to upgrade the country’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

Pelosi has argued that previous measures, including the historic $2.2 trillion emergency aid signed into law last week, have not gone far enough to tackle the virus.

The speaker said she aims to have a new infrastructure package ready for approval when the House of Representatives returns from recess in late April.

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The bumper spending plan would grant Trump the opportunity to push through a policy he has supported since his 2016 election campaign.

The president this year outlined a new $1 trillion plan that would rely on federal spending. While the ambitions have been supported by Democrats, Trump has so far faced opposition from within his own party.