President Donald Trump defended his remarks about traffic congestion on Twitter Saturday morning, saying he “wasnt talking about traffic,” a day after a tweetstorm on social media sparked controversy.
In his latest tweetstorm, Trump tweeted that traffic on roads in North Carolina was “incredibly bad.”
He also said traffic in New York and Washington, D.C., was “so bad I had to ask our engineers to fix it.”
He then went on to say that “it’s really bad to see so many vehicles blocked on the roads in both Washington, DC and New York.”
Trump was referring to a massive intersection in Northampton County, North Carolina, where traffic was jammed for hours on Saturday morning.
“I wasnt talking to traffic, I was talking about what’s happening to my state and to my country,” Trump said in a tweet.
“The problem is that the problem is getting worse and worse.”
“I told the governors of our states, ‘we are going to fix that, we are going on the road together to fix the problem,'” Trump said.
“The problem with this is that when you look at the traffic, the traffic is incredibly bad.
It’s insane,” Trump continued.
“I asked my state leaders to help me fix it.
And they all came out and said ‘yes, we will help.'”
Trump’s comments prompted immediate criticism from Democrats and the left.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said on Twitter that Trump’s remarks are “completely irresponsible” and “will make it harder to repair the infrastructure Trump has pledged to repair.”
Sen. Chris Murphy, D/CT, tweeted, “Trump’s tweet on congestion is irresponsible and will make it more difficult to repair our crumbling infrastructure.”
Senators Cory Booker and Sherrod Brown, D., both of whom are Democrats, called on the White House to release the president’s actual tweets to make his comments “viable.”
They tweeted that the White Houses “public records request should be turned down on every single one.”
They also asked that the tweets be released to make clear that the president is “not talking about road closures in Washington, and the problems that he says are causing are real.”
“When the President is tweeting from his private account, his tweeters are in control of what he says, and it’s our job as Democrats to hold the President accountable,” they said.
The White House released the following statement to CNN on Saturday:”The President’s comments were taken out of context.
They were not talking about roads in the North Carolina area, which is where he was talking.
“The President is right that congestion in the U.S. is a major concern, but it is not a problem in the South. “
The South has many more roads and more traffic jams. “
The President is right that congestion in the U.S. is a major concern, but it is not a problem in the South.
The South has many more roads and more traffic jams.
The North Carolina roads are so congested that they would take hours to complete.
In fact, traffic jams are so bad in the region that it would take days to get to the airport in Charlotte.