Kansas governor to meet with Trump at White House

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) will meet with President TrumpDonald John TrumpChina’s top medical adviser warns country is vulnerable to second wave of COVID-19 infections Romney denounces multiple IG firings as ‘threat to accountable democracy’ MLB predicts billions in losses upon return to baseball season: AP MORE at the White House on Wednesday to discuss how to protect the U.S. food supply and agricultural sector amid the coronavirus outbreak.

A statement obtained by The Hill indicated that Kelly and Trump would discuss a wide range of topics related to the pandemic, including her own strategy for reopening Kansas’s nonessential businesses. The state is set to enter “phase 1.5” of its plan to reopen the economy this week, which allows fitness centers to reopen with some restrictions in place.

“I look forward to the discussion with President Trump on ways we can continue to work with the federal government on our response and recovery efforts,” Kelly said. 

“Our continued emphasis is on protecting Kansans’ health and well-being, and helping the state recover from a public health crisis that has exacted a painful financial toll on many. The economic damage will be long lasting, and will require collaboration at every level. I look forward to discussing how the President and I will continue partnering together in our recovery,” she added.

Her visit comes one day before Trump is set to depart Washington and visit Michigan for the first time since the pandemic began, where he will tour a Ford plant manufacturing ventilators.

The president’s meeting with a Democratic governor, Kelly, also comes as Trump has engaged in public feuds with other Democratic state leaders including Govs. Gretchen Whitmer (D) and Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo says racetracks can reopen in June as virus hospitalizations drop further Shared blame for an uninformed citizenry during COVID-19 crisis DeWine asks McGrath to keep him out of attack ads MORE (D) over their own responses to the outbreak.

Updated at 9:50 p.m.

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