Gov. Dunleavy Meets with President Trump, Newly-elected Governors

    Gov. Mike Dunleavy (far right) meets with President Donald Trump at the White House on Dec. 13.

    Washington, D.C. (KINY) - Dunleavy also met with U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The two spoke about the process underway to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

    Governor Michael J. Dunleavy sat down with President Donald Trump this morning at the White House to discuss a wide range of issues important to Alaska. The meeting was held with 12 other newly elected state and territorial governors from around the country.

    “We have a strong partner in the Oval Office,” Dunleavy said. “The President understands that Alaska is America’s natural resource warehouse. Our state’s vast reserves of energy and minerals can power the nation’s economy, creating new jobs, prosperity for Alaskan families and, new revenue at the state and federal level.”

    Dunleavy also met with U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The two spoke about the process underway to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to environmentally responsible oil exploration and, transferring 5.4 million acres of federal land owed to the state under the Alaska Statehood Act.

    “Next month will mark the 60th anniversary of statehood and Alaska is still waiting to receive all the land it is entitled to under the Statehood Act. It is time to complete the transfer of land, so Alaskans can have access to the land and decide the best uses for it, not the federal government,” Dunleavy said.

    The following individuals were in attendance:

    The White House
    President Donald J. Trump
    Vice President Mike Pence
    Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President
    Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President
    Kellyanne Conway, Senior Counselor to the President
    John DeStefano, Counselor to the President
    Andrew Bremberg Director, Domestic Policy Council
    Doug Hoelscher, Director, Intergovernmental Affairs

    Trump Administration
    Secretary Wilbur Ross, Department of Commerce
    Secretary Alex Acosta, Department of Labor
    Secretary Alex Azar, Department of Health and Human Services
    Secretary Elaine Chao, Department of Transportation
    Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Department of Homeland Security

    State Participants
    Governor Mike Dunleavy, AK
    Governor-elect Ron DeSantis, FL
    Governor-elect Brian Kemp, GA
    Governor-elect Lourdes “Lou” Leon Guerrero, GU
    Governor-elect Brad Little, ID
    Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker, IL
    Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer, MI
    Governor-elect Mike DeWine, OH
    Governor-elect Kevin Stitt, OK
    Governor-elect Kristi Noem, SD
    Governor-elect Bill Lee, TN
    Governor-elect Albert Bryan, USVI
    Governor-elect Tony Evers, WI

     

     

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