Blankfein Joins Dimon's Call for Bigger U.S. Infrastructure Push

  • Goldman CEO says he’s impressed with China’s roads, airport
  • Dimon urges Americans to bring back the ‘can-do’ nation

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Lloyd Blankfein urged the U.S. to spend more on infrastructure to keep from falling further behind other industrialized nations, joining similar calls from JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon.

Lloyd Blankfein
Lloyd Blankfein
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“Arrived in China, as always impressed by condition of airport, roads, cell service, etc.,” the Goldman Sachs Group Inc. CEO said in a tweet Tuesday. “U.S. needs to invest in infrastructure to keep up!”

Blankfein’s message -- his third-ever tweet -- echoed remarks from Dimon, who said the neglect damages economic growth. “I just came from Hong Kong -- I mean, it’s embarrassing,” Dimon said in a Bloomberg Television interview Monday in Beijing. “America, the can-do nation, should get back to building and constructing.”

President Donald Trump has proposed leveraging $200 billion to generate a total of about $1 trillion from states, cities and private investors to rebuild America’s roads, bridges, airports and other infrastructure. Gary Cohn, the former Goldman Sachs executive who now leads Trump’s National Economic Council, has said the strategy can deliver substantial gains without new taxes.

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The American Society of Civil Engineers has estimated about $2 trillion in new funds is needed to do the job properly. Congressional Democrats have said they won’t support any plan that relies on tax breaks for wealthy investors, arguing that much more direct spending by Washington is needed.

— With assistance by Matthew Campbell, and Mark Niquette

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