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Gov. Bryant meets with Donald Trump in New York

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant was among a group of Republican governors meeting with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Bryant met with Trump in New York Tuesday alongside Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.

Spokesman Clay Chandler declined to say what Bryant and Trump discussed. Chandler says Bryant was returning to Mississippi Tuesday.

The others say they and Trump discussed governors’ efforts to improve state economies and strengthening national security after the shooting at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub.

Fallin says the governors want better background checks on refugees before they enter the United States. Bryant opposes Syrian refugees being resettled in Mississippi.

Bryant endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the primary, but shifted to Trump when he clinched the nomination.

According to News Mississippi, the meeting focused on Trump’s plans as the nominee and as the future President of the United States.

“We talked about national security, obviously, with the tragedy in Orlando,” said Gov. Bryant. “We talked about the economy, military preparedness, and many things that would concern governors during what I think was a very productive meeting here in New York.”

Bryant said that he and the other governors would serve as surrogates for the Trump campaign in their home states and would represent Trump at various campaign events. He added that if Trump took the presidency, he would do well not just for the nation, but for Mississippi.

“Trump understands the economy,” Bryant said. “He understands the feds could prop up the economy by increasing interest rates… that’s important that we have someone who’s going to turn this economy around and create jobs.”


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