‘Proud’ Trump, Ford meet at White House to promote plant power, climate change
The president, his wife and their daughter are in the White House for a meeting to promote energy production and support of the Clean Power Plan.
The president and first lady were on the White aisles at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Friday, where the two first lady sat at a desk, chatting with the CEO of the Energy Department, Rick Perry.
The first lady, who is also a longtime advocate for climate change, is also on the sidelines of a meeting with the president and vice president on the economy.
The White House is also hosting a reception for Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Saturday.
A spokesperson for the president said they will not be commenting on the meeting because of its sensitivity to the ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
A former adviser to the president, Sebastian Gorka, told reporters in the Eisenhower building that the meeting was being held to promote the use of plant-based energy sources, and to highlight the importance of plant owners to help reduce emissions.
The administration is working with the private sector, he said.
“We’re really trying to bring together leaders who can make the change happen.
We are talking to the private companies that are building the plants.
We’re not going to be able to have this conversation in a White House conference room, but we are talking about it in a lot of private places,” Gorka said.
He added that the president has spoken with other leaders, and that he believes “they’re working with all the players.”
Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is also slated to speak at the meeting.
Moniz said the president will be meeting with other governors and governors from the states.
“He will have a number of governors and leaders that he’ll meet with in addition to this meeting that we’re hosting on Saturday,” Moniz told reporters.
“I think that’s an indication of the seriousness that the White house has to this issue.”