Gov.-elect Whitmer to meet President Trump at White House Thursday

By Paul Egan and Todd Spangler
Detroit Free Press

MICHIGAN — Michigan Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer is planning to travel to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with President Donald Trump, along with other newly elected governors.

The meeting, described by the White House as a “discussion,” is included on Trump’s schedule for Thursday afternoon.

“Governor-elect Whitmer will be part of a bipartisan group of governors-elect attending this meeting at the White House,” Whitmer spokeswoman Clare Liening said Monday.

“This is an opportunity to make sure Michigan has a voice at the table and find common ground on the issues that will be most important to our state moving forward — including federal trade policies, access to affordable health care, protecting our Great Lakes resources and moving forward on critical infrastructure improvements.”

Whitmer, a Democrat, didn’t talk about Trump much during her campaign, though polls show she gained considerable support from voters who dislike the Republican president. Trump endorsed Whitmer’s Republican opponent, Attorney General Bill Schuette, during the primary.

During her campaign, Whitmer harshly criticized Trump’s immigration policies and the separation of parents from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border as part of what was described as a “zero tolerance” policy for illegal immigration.

She also denounced his pledge to withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement as “a catastrophic decision.”


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