- The Washington Times - Monday, December 5, 2016

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will meet with President-Elect Donald Trump Tuesday morning in New York at his transition headquarters at Trump Tower.

In a statement Monday, Ms. Bowser said she’d be speaking with Mr. Trump about “D.C.’s growth and common areas of interest.”

“I am pleased the president-elect accepted our request for a sit-down meeting to discuss Washington, D.C.’s priorities,” Ms. Bowser said. “It is a longstanding point of pride for Washingtonians to be gracious hosts for presidents and the federal government.”

No mention was made of a discussion about the mayor’s recent push for statehood and budget autonomy for the District of Columbia. At a press conference immediately following the election last month, Ms. Bowser, a Democrat, conceded that it would be a difficult task with a Republican president.

In the statement, Ms. Bowser touted the District’s economic progress, saying the city has passed 21 consecutive budgets, has a healthy cash reserve, a falling unemployment rate and improving schools.

“We have an opportunity to continue this growth in partnership with the next administration, and I look forward to sharing our priorities with the president-elect,” she said.

Ms. Bowser will attend the meeting with her chief of staff, John Falchiccio, and senior adviser, Beverly Perry.

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