Economic Development

U.S. Conference of Mayors Choose Partisanship over Statesmanship

Trump Reaches Out to Mayors

Yesterday, America’s mayors were invited to the White House to meet with President Trump and other White House officials to discuss America’s infrastructure & jobs. Instead of having a  seat at the table, US Conference of Mayors Chairman Mayor Mark Landrieu (New Orleans, LA) abruptly cancelled the meeting the day of the event. The US Conference of Mayors is having their Winter Annual Meeting in D.C January 24-26

In a press release issued on their website, Landrieu said, “Unfortunately, the Trump administration’s decision to threaten mayors and demonize immigrants yet again – and use cities as political props in the process – has made this meeting untenable.

The press release went on to say that the U.S. Conference of Mayors is a “bi-Partisan” organization. This action calls that statement into question.

Despite Mayor Landrieu’s efforts to cancel the event, over 200 democrat and republican mayors went to the White House to meet with President Trump.

The President spoke about the low unemployment rate in minority communities and vast improvements in economic growth in his first year in office.

In attendance was American City County Exchange (ACCE) Past President Mayor Billy Hewes (Gulfport, MS.) He said in a statement, “The US Conference of Mayors has an important role to play, but for a purported “non-partisan” meeting it has been anything but.”

He went on to say, “Results matter.  In spite of the rhetoric coming from inside the beltway, President Trump is delivering.  The economy is in the best shape in years – and growing.  The tax reform bill is bringing business back to America, putting money in the pockets of hard-working taxpayers, and making it possible for people to find jobs. Unemployment numbers are low, across the board, at levels that haven’t been seen in quite some time.   Next on the horizon is a much needed stimulus package for the country’s transportation and infrastructure needs.  Some may not care for his methods, but it’s hard to argue with the results!”

The American City County Exchange is America’s only non-partisan membership organization for city and county elected officials. ACCE advances limited government and free markets in communities across the nation.


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