Gov. Hutchinson Says He Stressed Global Market In Talk With Trump

Nov 30, 2016

Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaking Wednesday to the annual meeting of the Arkansas Farm Bureau in Hot Springs.
Credit Governor's Office

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he stressed the importance of a global market to Arkansas' economy when he talked with President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him on his surprise win in the election.

The Republican governor told members of the Arkansas Farm Bureau on Wednesday that he talked with Trump a day earlier and said he told the incoming president that he would support the administration outside Washington.

Hutchinson, a former congressman and federal Homeland Security administration official, has said he's not interested in serving in a Trump administration.

Hutchinson praised Trump's Cabinet picks and said he expected the Republican to give Arkansas and other states more flexibility in how they spend federal dollars. He said he didn't think the Trump White House would treat mid-America as "fly-over country."