Mayor Muriel Bowser is set to meet with President-elect Donald Trump Tuesday to discuss city priorities and his transition to Washington, D.C.
The pair will meet at Trump Tower in New York City to discuss “common areas of interest,” according to a statement from Bowser. Some members of the D.C. Council expressed hope after Trump’s election that the city may benefit from his position on infrastructure spending. Bowser clashed with Trump over his characterization of D.C. as “a disaster,” at the Republican National Convention, publicly condemning his comments and calling him out for his business ventures in the city.
“I am pleased the President-elect accepted our request for a sit down meeting to discuss Washington, D.C.’s priorities,” Bowser said in a statement. “It is a longstanding point of pride for Washingtonians to be gracious hosts for Presidents and the federal government.”
Bowser took a stance against federal immigration laws after Trump’s victory, promising a showdown with the president-elect after his inauguration. Bowser reaffirmed the District’s status as a sanctuary city in the wake of the election, arguing it “makes our neighborhoods safer.”
Trump is promising to cut federal funding to any city in the U.S. not adhering to federal immigration laws. The District does not currently honor federal deportation warrants. A person’s immigration status is also never checked by authorities in the District in the event of an arrest, regardless of the seriousness of the crime committed.
“The values, laws, and policies of Washington, D.C. did not change on Election Day,” Bowser said in November. “We celebrate our diversity and respect all D.C. residents no matter their immigration status.”
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