Kansas Gov. Kelly to meet with President Trump in D.C. on Wednesday

photo by: Screenshot/State of Kansas

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks in a televised address on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Gov. Laura Kelly will fly to the nation’s capital this week to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss Kansas’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kelly will visit Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, her office announced Sunday evening. The governor and Trump will discuss Kansas’ phased reopening plan and its statewide strategy to test for COVID-19.

The two will also discuss how to protect the state’s farmers and America’s food supply chain — a key issue in agriculture-centric Kansas.

“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 in a news release. “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 said.

It’s unclear if the meeting will be televised or if the two will appear together publicly.

Kelly at times during the pandemic has — without directly naming Trump — criticized his administration’s response to COVID-19. Trump, on the other hand, has publicly attacked many governors who have critiqued his handling of the pandemic, such as Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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