LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) – LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton met with President Donald Trump on Wednesday.
Mayor Thornton is one of 75 mayors from around the country invited to the White House to talk about the infrastructure needs of the nation's cities. The White House is preparing to release its infrastructure bill.
The invitations were sent to a bipartisan group of mayors inviting them to "Mayors Day' at the White House: A Conversation with President Trump"
After the President departed, the mayors had an opportunity to meet as a group and then individually with several staff members, including Justin Clark, Director of White House Intergovernmental Affairs; Jeffrey Rosen, Deputy Secretary of Transportation; D J Gribbin, Special Assistant to the President for Infrastructure Policy; Ryan Fisher, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works; and Pam Patenaude, Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
The group also had a few minutes of conversation with Vice President Pence. He discussed the plans to unveil the one trillion dollar infrastructure bill after the State of the Union address, and he reemphasized the administration's strong support for local law enforcement.
The Vice President also discussed the administration's desire to bring a "servant's attitude" to federal policy, encouraging mayors not to hesitate to ask for federal help.
"Regardless of political affiliation, these goals were embraced by the mayors," said Mayor Thornton.