Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly will meet with federal officials and dine at the White House this weekend during her first trip to Washington as governor.
Kelly skipped a December White House meeting for newly elected governors, saying she was too busy setting up her administration. The move was criticized by Kansas Republicans.
But this weekend Kelly will participate in meetings with Trump’s administration officials, followed by the Sunday dinner.
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“Her main goal is to learn from other governors and find out what’s working or not working in other states,” Kelly spokeswoman Ashley All said in an email.
Parson, a Republican, has made multiple trips to the White House since becoming Missouri governor in June of last year. He regularly greeted the president during his frequent campaign trips to the state in 2018.
He was named Thursday to Trump’s Council of Governors, a bipartisan group of 10 governors established in 2010 to coordinate between state and federal leaders on national security and disaster response.
Former Missouri Govs. Eric Greitens and Jay Nixon both previously served on the council.
“We look forward to finding solutions to better protect our nation from threats around the globe and to ensure effective response to natural disasters and emergencies at home,” Parson said in a statement Friday morning.