Why Nathan Deal isn’t at Trump’s major meeting with governors

Gov. Nathan Deal and Donald Trump

Gov. Nathan Deal and Donald Trump

Donald Trump hosted 46 of the nation’s governors at the annual Governor’s Ball at the White House on Sunday night. One of the four state leaders missing from the first major social event of the Trump administration: Gov. Nathan Deal.

The Georgia Republican, who supported Trump after he locked up the GOP nomination, has largely spurned events in Washington since resigning from Congress in 2010 to run for governor. And the four-day confab organized by the National Governors Association is no different.

Deal joined the association after his election but opted out of the group in 2012, citing the annual $300,000 dues. The governor “opted to keep these state $$$ in GA and not remain a member,” his top aide Chris Riley said in a tweet.

The president is set to meet with the governors Monday at the White House, and quipped at Sunday’s dinner that “perhaps health care will come up.” The effort in Congress to dismantle President Barack Obama’s healthcare law has dominated the discussions at the NGA so far.

 


 

“I can say that after four weeks – it’s been a lot of fun – but we’ve accomplished almost everything we’ve started out to accomplish,” Trump said, adding: “The borders are stricter, tighter.”

Deal, who remains a member of the Republican Governors Association, recently joined a call with fellow GOP governors on the healthcare debate. He said he expressed concern that Georgia and other states that refused to expand Medicaid should not be “punished” for their decision.

Trump, meanwhile, met with a handful of governors privately on Friday to discuss how to replace Obamacare. They include Ohio Gov. John Kasich, his once-bitter rival, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who supported Trump’s campaign.

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Gina Barcourt
Gina Barcourt

Haha...Ole Nate thought he was in like Flynn. #NOT\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

Jon Crumbley
Jon Crumbley

Because governor Deal is a Hillary voter and traitor. Typical political hack and should run as a democrat from now on

Jan Darnell Holland
Jan Darnell Holland

I'm an Atlanta native...Love the great state of Georgia and a Republican to the core. Though Nathan Deal may have started his political career with good intentions, like most, he got bought by the deep pockets of lobbyist. Sad. I lost respect for Deal years ago. Will be glad to see him go. There are many Republicans that are just as corrupt as the Democrats. Time to get rid of all the self-serving bunch.

Donald Bentley
Donald Bentley

He was / is a criminal long before he was a politician. All this Democrat/Republican crap is just that. We hired them to solve problems and to protect the rights and property of the people. So far all they have done is stole both the rights and property of the people. Government should not be about parties. America’s Most Corrupt States 1. Georgia > Overall grade: F (49%) > Public access to information: F > Legislative accountability: F > Political financing: F > Ethics enforcement agencies: F http://www.foxbusiness.com/investing/2012/03/22/americas-most-corrupt-states/

Jan Darnell Holland
Jan Darnell Holland

This was interesting. When did this report come out? It mentioned Sonny Perdue as governor in the article.. Not Deal. Deal allowed a huge Toyo Tires Plant to be built in White, Georgia right across the street of my sister's home. It ruined their quality of life. They can't even go outside for the black dust in the air. Perdue didn't care about the citizens living in that area....Terrible the way they were treated.

LaShawn Brown
LaShawn Brown

Because Deal doesn't like Yankees like most southerners. \U0001f602\U0001f602

Nolan Teter
Nolan Teter

I wonder how many of the constituents of those other governors know that $300,000 of their tax money goes towards that circle jerk.

Pat Nance Franklin
Pat Nance Franklin

He's probably ashamed of the way he had to leave the Senate yrs ago.

Lynne Vickers
Lynne Vickers

That's ok. He won't be there much longer anyway.

Issac Reid
Issac Reid

I'm not a republican but I like deal

Issac Reid
Issac Reid

Harry K. James please explain this. He wouldn't except Medicaid expansion sounds republican to me.

Mildred Tice
Mildred Tice

He saved the state of GA a wad of money even if it did deny #45 a chance to get in front of the cameras....$300,000 it seems like was the sum of GA money he saved....I know it was more that the amount of a Greyhouse Bus ticket to DC and back to GA........thanks Nathan for tending to our schools instead of sucking up to big mucky-muchys in DC.

Richard W. Redding
Richard W. Redding

He stayed home so he wouldn't miss a chance to screw over the folks of Georgia ...just in case one came up while he was out of town.

Joel Rea
Joel Rea

Hell, they're both as crooked as the day is long! They should be best buds!

Ida Solomon Durand
Ida Solomon Durand

You just couldn't make it? So, Georgia wasn't represented. Interesting

Joe Eason
Joe Eason

Can't wait for Nathan to be gone. He needs to rejoin the democrats!

Joe Eason
Joe Eason

Liz Bracey I can certainly understand that. Nobody wants a turncoat!

Genie Karr
Genie Karr

He is a secret Democrat ! I never voted for him

Matt Lawless
Matt Lawless

Best to avoid being photographed with Cheetolini. When he leaves the White House in disgrace, any association with him will likely be the kiss of death for politicians and business people. You don't want to get deplorable on you. It doesn't wash out.

Debbie Britto Boyd
Debbie Britto Boyd

Matt Lawless Right you are! What a failed presidency, in less than 60 days, no less! Idiot.

Wgee
Wgee

Well dang Governor Deal continues to favorably surprise even amaze for his good judgement. I'm so glad not to awaken in the mornings with embarrassing news. This is all I've asked and the Governor exceeds expectations. High praise.