Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has a busy weekend ahead in Washington, including two much-awaited meetings with the president himself.
The governor’s high-profile weekend kicks off today with a noon luncheon with fellow governors and none other than Vice President Mike Pence. It’ll take place at the U.S. Naval Observatory, which serves as the vice president’s D.C. home in Glover Park. The luncheon is the first segment of the annual meetings of the National Governors Association and Republican Governors Association in Washington.
On Saturday and Sunday, Hogan will convene largely with his colleagues who govern over the other 49 states. Once those daylong proceedings are over, Hogan and his wife, Yumi, will have a sit-down dinner with the Donald and First Lady Melania at the White House. The private meeting is the first scheduled one between Hogan and Trump since the latter was elected president.
Hogan will be in the same room as Trump again on Monday for the final day of the governors’ meetings.
Hogan’s relationship with Trump has been the subject of much speculation and criticism over the last several months. The governor has defended his passive decision not to speak out against the president, saying he has more to worry about here in Maryland, and that measures like the resolution that has allowed Attorney General Brian Frosh to sue Trump for his immigration orders without Hogan’s approval are a waste of taxpayer money.
“I don’t see that as my role,” he told 98 Rock of the option to condemn Trump. “I’m focused on our problems here.”
Just this week, some angry constituents interrupted Hogan during a state Board of Public Works meeting to say why they’re mad he hasn’t admonished Trump for rhetoric about women and policies targeting the present health care system. (They were promptly escorted out.)
Hogan recently said he and Pence are buddies. As for Trump, he was an outspoken critic during election season and refused to vote for him on Election Day, but has backed off since the former host of “The Apprentice” was actually elected president and officially took over the Oval Office. Since Election Day, Hogan has pledged to try to work with the president on matters such as securing federal funding for Maryland’s transportation infrastructure.
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