WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gov. Doug Burgum today joined President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and governors from across the nation for a discussion on shared state-federal priorities, including infrastructure, workforce development, the opioid epidemic and school safety, on the final day of the National Governors Association Winter Meeting.
“These are topics that impact every North Dakotan and every American, and we appreciate the opportunity to engage with our national and state leaders to share and learn from each other about potential solutions to these challenges,” Burgum said after the White House meeting.
The governor also participated in a White House breakout session on workforce development with Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, discussing proposed reforms to federal education and workforce development programs, as well as a separate session on prison reform with Jared Kushner, senior advisor to the President, and Matthew Whitaker, chief of staff for the Department of Justice.
First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum met with other first spouses and First Lady Melania Trump, who spoke of the need to nurture and protect children and stop the nation’s opioid epidemic.
During the four-day NGA meeting, Burgum also had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to discuss topics important to North Dakota, including streamlining permitting for oil and gas development, tribal issues and the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library. The governor also met President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana, with whom the North Dakota National Guard has been involved in the State Partnership Program since 2004, and attended his keynote address to the NGA.