Rick Perry Snubbed Obama, So The White House Offered Him A Private Meeting On The Border Crisis

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
By Paul Martin

Brett LoGiurato
July 8, 2014

The White House has reached out to Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry about the possibility of a meeting on the burgeoning U.S.-Mexico border crisis, after Perry had snubbed the White House’s offer for Perry to greet Obama when he lands at Austin’s airport on Wednesday.

“The president would welcome a meeting with you while he is in Texas,” White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett wrote in the letter to Perry, sent Monday evening. “In addition, he asked me to invite you to join him for a meeting to discuss the situation on the border with faith leaders and local elected officials in Dallas on Wednesday.”

In a letter sent earlier Monday, Perry had rejected the White House’s offer of an airport handshake and instead requested a private, “substantive meeting” with the president. Prior to the White House’s letter, it had not publicly announced the meeting in Dallas.

Perry has been especially critical of Obama’s handling of the border crisis, even suggesting Obama might be involved somehow in coordinating the surge of immigrants flooding across the border.

“I appreciate the offer to greet you at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, but a quick handshake on the tarmac will not allow for a thoughtful discussion regarding the humanitarian and national security crises enveloping the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas,” Perry wrote in his letter to Obama, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

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