December 13, 2018 04:17 PM
President Donald Trump welcomed governors-elect from both parties to the White House Thursday.
But Minnesota Gov.-elect Tim Walz was not among them.
A spokesperson for his office told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Walz declined the invitation because he was working on assembling his administration.
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Among those attending Thursday were Florida Republican Ron DeSantis, Georgia Republican Brian Kemp, Illinois Democrat J.B. Pritzker, Wisconsin Democrat Tony Evers and newly-inaugurated Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican.
White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Doug Hoelscher said the plan was to discuss "shared priorities," including workforce investment, prison reform and combating the opioid epidemic.
Rep. Anne Neu, R-North Branch, the incoming deputy House Republican leader, issued a statement critical of Walz's decision not to meet with Trump.
"I'm disappointed that Governor-elect Walz chose not to join 13 of his newly-elected colleagues - Democrats and Republicans alike - for a meeting with President Trump today in Washington," the statement read.
"Minnesota needs a strong relationship with our partners at the federal level - including President Trump - as we work on issues like health care, infrastructure, combating the opioid epidemic, public safety, and more. I hope Governor-elect Walz will make it a priority to meet with President Trump in the near future and work to build a productive working relationship with the White House."
Updated: December 13, 2018 04:17 PM
Created: December 13, 2018 03:45 PM
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