U.S. mayors say their cities need money, infrastructure at meeting with Trump


U.S. President Donald Trump signs H.R. 2476, Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against Terrorism Act of 2019, in the East Room of the White House during an event with U.S. mayors on January 24, 2020 in Washington, DC.(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump told mayors from across the country that Washington is ready to help.

The President invited nearly 200 mayors to the White House on Friday to meet with administration officials like Jim Carroll. Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas was among them.

“To sit with them [U.S. mayors], hear about their concerns, hear about what is happening there and how we can help them,” Carroll said.

Norfolk, Virginia, Mayor Kenny Alexander said there’s one thing every city in America needs: money.

“We are here to advocate for housing dollars, infrastructure dollars, transportation dollars,” Alexander said.

The mayors said infrastructure is a top priority. They said cities across the country desperately need federal dollars to help repair roads and bridges.

Mayor Jeff Williams of Arlington, Texas, said his community is growing, and it’s a challenge to keep up with basic maintenance.

“We got to be able to move people in and out and have the infrastructure there for it,” Williams said.

Just down the road in Fort Worth, Mayor Betsy Price said she’s dealing with the same issues.

“We’d love to see additional dollars for our highways to connect and rebuild out of our interstates,” Price said. “Many of them are vastly under-served.”

Trump didn’t specifically address infrastructure but advisers promise to work closely with the mayors and their communities in the future.

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