Trump References Clinton's Ditch
In his speech on infrastructure — What Donald Trump said about the Erie Canal.
- "The new canal exceeded even the governor's bold vision," Trump said. "It dramatically reduced the time and cost required to transport goods from the heartland. As a result, new settlers rushed into the Midwest, including to right smack here."
The Erie Canal, which connected the Hudson River to the Great Lakes and opened the New York City harbor to the Midwest, is currently celebrating the bicentennial of its groundbreaking.
As he closed his speech, Trump used DeWitt Clinton's push as an aspirational goal for future infrastructure investment.
"Just as the daring dreams of our ancestors opened new paths across our land, today we will build the dreams that open new paths to a better tomorrow," he said. "We too will see jobs and wealth flood into the heartland and see new products and new produce made and grown right here in the USA."