President Trump Meets With New 2018 Governors-Elect and Introduces Them to Key Cabinet Officials…

Earlier today President Trump met with the newly elected governors of various states and introduces them to key cabinet officials who they will be working with during their tenure. At the conclusion of the introductions the President also took a few questions from the media (transcript below).


[Transcript] Cabinet Room – 2:12 P.M. EST – THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much. We have invited the nation’s — our great nation’s newly elected governors. And some really terrific people. They’re going to do a wonderful job.

All of them had great victories. Some had very, very outstanding victories, in terms of the percentage of victory, and even surprising. We have some real stars in the room. And they became stars because of the way they handled themselves. I could almost say — I think I could pretty much say, Mike, most of them have become stars, if not all. Because you won. Winning is a wonderful thing. (Laughter.)

So I thought what I’d do is go around the room, and maybe you could just introduce yourself; say hello. We have some Cabinet members, too. You can quickly introduce yourself, because we’ve all seen you guys. But I’d love to — maybe say a couple of words. And it’s an honor to have you all.


GOVERNOR-ELECT NOEM: Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. I appreciate the invitation to be here today. I’m Kristi Noem, the governor-elect in South Dakota. Farmer, rancher, small business owner. Served in our state legislature and leadership, and spent the last eight years in Congress, representing and fighting for the state of South Dakota. So thank you for the invitation.

THE PRESIDENT: Great job. Great job.

GOVERNOR-ELECT NOEM: Yeah, thank you. And tax reform.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s right.

GOVERNOR-ELECT NOEM: Appreciate that.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s right. We did a job.



GOVERNOR-ELECT DEWINE: Mr. President, thank you for having us. We appreciate it very, very much.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Mike. And good job.

Mr. Secretary.

SECRETARY AZAR: Alex Azar. I’m the Secretary of Health and Human Services. And, as you get to know your budgets, you’ll realize we’ll spend a lot of time together. (Laughter.) And we just — we pride ourselves on being a great partner to governors and states and flexibility. So, please — open door, everybody.


GOVERNOR-ELECT STITT: Kevin Stitt, newly elected governor of Oklahoma. And excited to be here, and it was wonderful getting the phone call from you after our primary victory.

THE PRESIDENT: That was a great victory. Great job.



GOVERNOR-ELECT LITTLE: I’m Brad Little, from Idaho. I’m the lieutenant governor. I’m the new governor-elect, and thank you also for the phone call. It put a big punctuation point.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Great going.

Jared — you know.


SECRETARY ACOSTA: Alex Acosta, Secretary of Labor. And, Mr. President, we just spent about an hour chatting with the governors, and so we’re off to a great start in this partnership.

THE PRESIDENT: Johnny, thank you.

GOVERNOR-ELECT BRYAN: Albert Bryan — Governor-elect, United States Virgin Islands. Thank you, Mr. President and Vice President Pence. Donna Christian sends her regards.
Would really like to thank the administration for their support in the hurricane recovery thus far. And looking forward to a continued, growing relationship and the support of the administration moving forward.

THE PRESIDENT: Good. Thank you. Congratulations.

SECRETARY ROSS: Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce.

GOVERNOR-ELECT WHITMER: Gretchen Whitmer, governor-elect in Michigan, the Great Lakes State. And I’m happy to be here, and looking forward to a good working relationship with your administration.

THE PRESIDENT: Oh, we’re going to have it. Thank you very much. Congratulations.


GOVERNOR-ELECT LEE: Mr. President, I’m Bill Lee, and I’m the governor-elect of Tennessee.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s right.

GOVERNOR-ELECT LEE: And I’m honored to be here today with you and with Mr. Vice President. We look forward to serving the people of Tennessee and partnering with you.

THE PRESIDENT: Fantastic race.

GOVERNOR-ELECT LEE: Thank you very much.

THE PRESIDENT: You did a great job. Thank you.

GOVERNOR-ELECT EVERS: Tony Evers, governor-elect from Wisconsin. Thank you very much for the invitation today. Looking forward to working with your administration.

THE PRESIDENT: Congratulations.


GOVERNOR-ELECT DUNLEAVY: Mike Dunleavy, from the great state of Alaska. And I want to thank you for your words of encouragement and offer of assistance with our recent earthquake, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: And that worked out quite well, hasn’t it? Huh?

GOVERNOR-ELECT DUNLEAVY: Nobody passed away. Nobody died in that whole —



THE PRESIDENT: Just hit the right spots, I guess.

GOVERNOR-ELECT DUNLEAVY: It’s hard to describe.

THE PRESIDENT: Because that was a big one.

GOVERNOR-ELECT DUNLEAVY: It was a big one. Second-largest.

THE PRESIDENT: Great, Mike. Thank you very much.


SECRETARY NIELSEN: Hi, sir. Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security. I congratulate to — congratulations, first of all. But, secondly, we are here to support and assist you against all hazards, manmade threats, natural disasters. So I know you’ve spent some time with different parts of DHS already, but we look forward to working with all of you very closely. So thank you for being here.

MS. CONWAY: Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President. Congratulations to each of you. And consider us a resource and a partner in working with you on some issues of the day, like workforce development, prison reform, opioids and the fentanyl crisis, and obviously all things economic. Thank you. And infrastructure. Welcome.


GOVERNOR-ELECT GUERRERO: Good afternoon. I’m Lou Leon Guerrero, from Guam, where “America’s day begins.” (Laughter.) My passion is in healthcare. I’m a nurse by profession, a senator for 10 years, and then ran the only locally owned and locally chartered bank — Bank of Guam — for 12 years. And now governor-elect of Guam and look forward to working very closely with this administration.

And I ask you, President Trump, to please do not forget Guam out there. We’re a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, but I think we’re the first line of national defense for our country. So —

THE PRESIDENT: Good. Thank you very much.

MR. HOELSCHER: Good afternoon. Doug Hoelscher from White House Intergovernmental Affairs. We look forward to being good partners on behalf of the President and Vice President to you and your teams.

GOVERNOR-ELECT KEMP: Mr. President, Brian Kemp, governor-elect of Georgia. I want to thank you and the Vice President for your interest in Georgia in response to Hurricane Michael. And we certainly appreciate Sonny Perdue’s interest as well. It’s going great on the ground. Long recovery, but we appreciate the response and interest that you guys have shown.

THE PRESIDENT: That was a great race. And congratulations. You and I felt very lonely there for a while, right? Had everybody in the world coming down but you ran a great race.


THE PRESIDENT: Congratulations, Brian.

SECRETARY CHAO: Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation.

GOVERNOR-ELECT PRITZKER: Mr. President, I’m J.B. Pritzker, the governor-elect of Illinois. And I founded 1871, which is the — well, named this year as the world’s best business incubator. And as I’ve been speaking with your daughter, I’ve also been a national advocate for early childhood education.

THE PRESIDENT: Very good. Great to see you.

GOVERNOR-ELECT DESANTIS: Ron DeSantis, governor-elect of Florida. Mr. President, thank you for helping out the folks in the Panhandle — your commitment to rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base, it’s important; those are great folks there — and also for your support of the reservoir that we need to build south of Lake Okeechobee so we can fix some of these water problems.

We’d like to be able to speed some of this up with the Army Corps. I know you’ll be supportive of that. And you’ve been real supportive of Florida. So thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: We are very much involved with Lake Okeechobee. And a lot of problems in Florida can be solved by doing that properly. They’ve been trying to do it for 30 years. So we’ll get it done, okay? Good job.

Thank you all very much. We’re going to have a little discussion now about how we can help the various governors, and it’s going to be a very good discussion. Thank you all very much.
Q Mr. President, quick question about Michael Flynn. Mr. President —

Q Any update on (inaudible) your next Chief of Staff?

THE PRESIDENT: We’re interviewing people now for Chief of Staff, yes.

Q How long is the short list now?

THE PRESIDENT: Five people. Really good ones. Terrific people. Mostly well known, but terrific people.

Q Mr. President, quick question about Michael Flynn. As you know, Judge Emmet Sullivan has asked the Office of Special Counsel and the FBI for the documents related to the interview of Michael Flynn. Do you —

THE PRESIDENT: That’s great.

Q — do you believe that the FBI acted improperly in how they handled his interview?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, the FBI said Michael Flynn — a general and a great person — they said he didn’t lie. And Mueller said, “Well, maybe he did.” And now they’re all having a big dispute. So I think it’s a great thing that the judge is looking into that situation. That’s a — that’s an honor for a lot of terrific people.

Thank you all very much. Thank you. Thank you.

END – 2:20 P.M. EST

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24 Responses to President Trump Meets With New 2018 Governors-Elect and Introduces Them to Key Cabinet Officials…

  1. fleporeblog says:

    Look at the man sitting to our President’s right! Governor Elect DeSantis was a loyal Congressman for our President over the last two years. That loyalty was repaid BIGLY. Ron DeSantis will never forget it and will assure that the crap 💩 in Broward and Palm Beach will be resolved prior to the 2020 Election.

    Liked by 16 people

  2. Julian says:

    Kristi Noem & Ron DeSantis sitting next to the President is no surprise.

    We backed Kristi & Ron at

    These are 2 MAGA Governors and Rising Stars.

    Both Kristi & Ron are big chances to carry on President Trump’s legacy as the 2024 Republican Presidential candidate.


    Liked by 2 people

  3. Stab, the unstoppable hero says:

    I actually would not be that surprised if J.B. Pritzger – the Governor elect of my state, Illinois – might have a better relationship with the Trump Administration than our current idiot neverTrumper Governor Bruce Rauner.

    We ran Jeanne Ives against Rauner in the primary & came close but no cigar. Afterwards Rauner told us he had “gotten our message” but it was just another bullshit lie. Rauner is living proof of how even successful people infected with TDS soon become perennial losers.

    Liked by 6 people

    • annieoakley says:

      Be careful with a Pritzger if they say ‘Early Childhood Education’ because that is what all the Communists want and it is really linked to Chicago and Valerie Jarret, her relatives on both sides of the family.

      Liked by 3 people

      • farmhand1927 says:

        At least Pritzker accepted the invite and showed up. Newly elected Colorado Democrat governor, Jared Polis, wouldn’t go. Guess he was too busy drafting more gun control, figuring out ways to force bakeries to bake gay wedding cakes, SCOTUS decision, be damned. And, of course, so much to do to make Denver the first city in America to open heroin shoot-up centers, preparing for Michelle Obama’s Pepsi Center book tour stop and the never-ending high fiving about being America’s first openly gay governor.

        Polis never ran a single campaign ad touting the fact that he has a husband. The two were never shown strolling hand in hand in a mountain meadow, smiling at each other while horseback riding or roasting marshmallows with the youngin’s around an Aspen resort fireplace as every other Colorado pol does with their opposite sex spouses. Gay pride? Apparently, not so much when trying to scam voters into getting elected.

        Polis hid his husband and hid his true agenda and politics. He padded his campaign with at least 25 million of his own money and the state of Colorado is about to take a nose dive…..Polis will end energy production–coal and natural gas– costing thousands upon thousands of good paying jobs. He will increase efforts in continuing presidential hopeful, John Hickenlooper’s, sanctuary state appeal.


  4. teeheeman says:

    Still lamenting the loss of Gov Walker here in WI but…..the WI State Assembly is still 63-36 Republican and in the WI State Senate the Republicans actually GAINED a seat to hold a comfortable 19-14 majority. What cooked Walker was big turnout in Milwaukee and Madison. WI is now a quintessential rural vs. urban battleground. Gov Walker accomplished a LOT over eight years and hopefully that won’t be lost if the R’s hang together.

    Liked by 6 people

    • teeheeman says:

      Also – Walker ran a pretty lackluster campaign and announced in advance this would be his last term (bad move IMO). There was no clear message as to what he wanted to accomplish in his third term. He also didn’t really embrace Trump – that was a mistake and reflected remaining “bruises” from the 2015/2016 campaign where Walker was actually the front-runner for a couple of months before getting schlonged and disposed of by the Donald.

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  5. Kalbo says:

    NV Governor elect Sisolak not around the table. Not a good sign for NV IMHO.

    Of course, his entire platform is not a good sign for NV…gun control, higher taxes…socialism. NV sadly, very blue.

    Also didn’t see CA Governor elect Newsom around the table. He is possibly busy with CA Public Utilities Commission figuring out how to tax text messages. Can’t make this crap up.

    Too many idiots out west.

    Liked by 4 people

  6. tonyE says:

    I noticed that the incoming Premier of Calimexistan was not there.

    Maybe he was busy getting a tan and adultering some more.

    We are soooo screwed down here. The Commies stole our elections and our State. This is getting very serious.

    Trump must act quickly to appoint Constitutionalists to the Ninth Court and the Bench. In the past the commies have used the Judicial branch to wage lawfare whenever we, the people, passed a proposition they didn’t like. We must stop vote tampering/harvesting, jungle primaries and hopefully split the State… there are MANY conservatives in this otherwise beautiful state.


  7. Red says:

    Govenor Elect Lee of Tennessee, a successful buisness man, never held public office before. I have high hopes.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. emet says:

    No, don’t see Newsom. Newsom is a product of the San Francisco political machine. As most treepers know, his aunt is Nancy Pelosi. He is not capable of original thought, has a substance abuse problem, and generally does what he is told. He has little knowledge or concerns regarding ordinary Californians, except illegal aliens. I noticed that he joined the anti-Trump demonstrators at SFO. The demonstrators’ antics greatly inconvenienced the traveling public and cost the airlines a lot of money. You can rest assured that California will continue to dereriorate, which is sad for a state that has such potential and advantages.


  9. Dave says:

    Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta’s face looks very familiar, and I finally figured out who he looks like! Go back and watch the video again, and tell me he doesn’t resemble Playboy founder Hugh Hefner! A short Hef, but nevertheless, all he needs is the pipe and robe!


  10. cdnintx says:

    Part of Pres. Trumps overall #MAGA strategy is #MAGA Governors.


  11. Trump Train says:

    who was the hot blond sitting at the end of the table to Trumps right? didn’t see an indentifier


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