Trump advisers warn of gas tax trap in infrastructure deal

President Trump and congressional leaders have sounded optimistic about their ability to strike a deal to rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure, but advisers to the White House warn that Democrats are trying to spring a gas tax trap on the president to sabotage his 2020 re-election bid.

Mr. Trump and congressional leaders emerged from the midterm elections, in which Democrats seized control of the House, saying a massive infrastructure program topped the list of issues where they could find common ground in a divided government.

Talk around Washington quickly turned to raising the federal gasoline tax as a go-to fountain of funding for roads, bridges and transit projects.