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President Trump will finally be unveiling his long-awaited $1.5 trillion plan to repair and rebuild the nation's crumbling highways, bridges, railroads, airports, seaports and water systems Monday. But, the proposal will not be one that offers large sums of federal funding to states for infrastructure needs, but it is instead a financing plan that shifts much of the funding burden onto the states and onto local governments.

FILE: Sen. Angus King I-Maine, attends the christening ceremony for the USS Raphael Peralta, the 35th Arleigh Burke Class Missile Destroyer to be built by Bath Iron Works, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Bath, Maine.
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Independent Maine Senator Angus King is “hopeful” President Trump’s Afghanistan strategy could help stabilize the region.

King says President Trump has no good options when it comes to Afghanistan and the war on terrorism. He says withdrawing U.S. troops would have disastrous consequences.

“No central government and an absolute free reign for Al-Qaida, ISIS, the Taliban and probably a half dozen other terrorist organizations,” King says. “That’s a threat to us.”

Katahdin Woods And Waters National Monument
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As the Trump Administration nears a decision on the future status of national parks and monuments, including Katahdin Woods And Waters here in Maine, Democrats on the Joint Economic Committee of Congress are touting the economic benefits of these sites.

Both of Maine’s senators were on MSNBC today and were asked about President Trump’s on going response to the violence in Charlottesville.

Senator Angus King said the President must come to understand that his words become policy, and he must choose them more carefully.

“You can’t do that when your President, you are setting the moral tone for the country, you can move markets, you can start a war,” says King. “I mean you have to be really careful about every word you say and I don’t think he gets that.”

FILE: Senate Armed Services Senate Committee member Sen. Angus King, I-Maine questions Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.
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Maine Independent Sen. Angus King said today that there is absolutely no doubt that the Russian government attempted to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. King, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told an AARP audience at the Bangor Public Library that Congress must take a bipartisan approach to determine what role — if any — the Trump campaign had in the Russian effort to influence the election’s outcome.