FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Governor Mike Dunleavy is still in Washington, D.C. this week, following his meeting with president Donald Trump.
First of all we thanked him for the help with the earthquake and his continued help with the earthquake; and you could tell that he was focused on that as well because, when the earthquake happened we got communication from his office almost immediately, Governor Walker did, and we were also made aware of that communication. So we've been working that, we'll continue to work with the president's office, or excuse me, the President and his cabinet members as well as FEMA, the head of FEMA; but he's focused on helping Alaska back on its feet.
Reporter Peter Zampa asked Dunleavy, "Did you guys also talk about bringing jobs and investment to Alaska, and if so, what were those conversations like?"
"We did a little bit, because we support what the president is doing in terms of deregulation, and trying to grow America; we're trying to grow Alaska; and so, he sees Alaska as part of the puzzle in terms of energy independence in America," Dunleavy said.
Zampa asked, "China is going to be a key partner in the LNG project we have up there. Did you discuss trade, trade agreements internationally, particularly with China?"
Dunleavy said, "We didn't get into the actual trade agreement issues or the tariff issues or, you know, the issues that are going on with the federal government and China. We focused more on, the concept again of deregulation, how we can promote energy development in Alaska."
Zampa asked, "Are you concerned with the way the trade agreements are working out right now?"
Dunleavy said, "I think we're all interested to see how this is going to pan out. I'm pretty confident that the president has a plan that's going to benefit America, and that should also benefit Alaska."
"Does it seem like with your conversations with the President he really does have the concerns of Alaskans in the front of his mind as he leads this country," Zampa said.
"It does, and he has the concerns of the average American on his mind. He wants to put Americans back to work; he wants to make sure that Americans are trained to work in the next 20 to 30 to 40 years, whatever that economy is going to look like; and so, when you have conversations with him that comes out pretty clear that his interest is in getting the average American the opportunity to work and make a living," said Dunleavy.