WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn’t waiting for the facts to emerge from the deadly Amtrak train derailment south of Seattle before using the accident to plug his infrastructure plan.
Trump’s first tweet on the accident Monday that killed at least six people said it shows why the U.S. needs his coming plan to repair crumbling railways and roads. But an AP Fact Check notes that the accident happened on newly finished track, not a railway plagued with maintenance problems.
The high-speed train was making its first run on the upgraded system when it derailed.
The new route was designed to speed up service by drawing passengers away from the sort of aging system that Trump speaks about: a route with curves, single-track tunnels and freight traffic.
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