- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser emerged from a meeting Tuesday with President-elect Donald Trump and declared that he would be a friend to the city, but she wouldn’t say if he supported the statehood.

The statehood issue did come during their powwow at Trump Tower, she said.

“We talked about the things that are important to Washingtonians, and certainly becoming the 51st state is one of them,” Ms. Bowser told reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan.

She said that Mr. Trump demonstrated a sincere commitment to the city.

“Actually, the one thing I know emphatically that he said is that he is a supporter of the District of Columbia, he’s familiar with the District of Columbia, and he wants to be supportive,” Ms. Bowser said.

She described the meeting as a “wide-ranging conversation” about the city and what is important to Washingtonians.

“We are a unique entity in our system — Washington, D.C., is neither a city, a county nor a state, but we are all three, and we are also very proud to be the nation’s capital. And as such, we welcome every American president as he comes through,” she said.

Would she be interested in a position in the Trump administration?

“I have the best job in Washington, D.C. I’m the mayor,” Ms. Bowser said.

• S.A. Miller can be reached at smiller@washingtontimes.com.

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