- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Activists opposed to President Donald Trump interrupted a public meeting Wednesday and called on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to take a stand against his policies.

Three women interrupted the Board of Public Works meeting to ask why the Republican governor wasn’t speaking out against Trump. Samantha Easton of Easton, Maryland, rose from her seat during the meeting and expressed concerns about repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

“We are asking you to speak up against the current administration’s agenda,” Easton said in a video recorded by a Baltimore Sun reporter at the meeting.

Hogan, who did not support Trump’s candidacy and didn’t vote for him, said he has met with the state’s congressional delegation to talk about priorities in Washington, and health care was at the top of the list.

“Actually, I’ve been providing tremendous leadership on this issue,” Hogan said, noting that the meeting with the delegation took place in the same room where the board was meeting.

Easton said: “We are not Washington. We are your constituents. We are you’re people. Washington isn’t concerned about us.”

Three women who interrupted the meeting and two others were escorted out, The Sun reported. They were not arrested.

Doug Mayer, a spokesman for Hogan, noted that Comptroller Peter Franchot, who is a board member along with Hogan and Treasurer Nancy Kopp, began the meeting calling for a return to courteous discussion.

“Comptroller Franchot began today’s meeting calling for a return to civil political discourse and an end to the partisan rancor occurring on both sides - and the governor couldn’t agree more,” Mayer said. “That said, the governor always appreciates hearing from his constituents, even when they disrupt state meetings and yell out their concerns.”

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