Published by VT Digger, Feb. 28, 2017, written by Jasper Craven:
WASHINGTON — In his first visit to the White House, Republican Gov. Phil Scott seemed more enchanted by the splendor of the building than by the president.
During a Sunday evening dinner of rib-eye steaks and seafood, Republican President Donald Trump spoke to Scott and 45 other gathered governors on topics ranging from infrastructure to immigration. In his remarks, Trump offered broad assurances to governors and pledged to return power to the states.
Scott was on Pennsylvania Avenue as part of the annual meeting of the National Governors Association, a bipartisan group of state leaders. While the governor has long been critical of Trump, Scott said he was heartened by some of the president’s rhetoric.
“We will have to see what is put forth in policy to see if he backs up what he is selling us,” Scott said Monday evening shortly after returning to Vermont.
Scott said he felt the president “dialed back his rhetoric” on immigration policy over the weekend, an area where the governor has diverged sharply from Trump.
The governor has railed against Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven majority Muslim countries, and Scott has supported state legislation that would prevent the federal government from commandeering local police for federal immigration raids.