Mississippi leaders and the Trump transition

WASHINGTON D.C. (WJTV) — Two Mississippi leaders have a tie to President-elect Donald Trump.

While speculation continues about the possibility of Governor Phil Bryant joining Trump’s cabinet, Jackson City Councilman De’Keither Stamps is at the table talking to the incoming president’s transition team.

Both play very different roles but at the heart of it, they want to serve Mississippi.

“I’ve talked to some in the administration, told them I had the best job in the world,’ Bryant said.

Gov. Bryant campaigned for him across the county. He says no to being a part of Trump’s cabinet.

“What I’ve asked them to do is any information that I can provide to them about education on a national level, how we might have more school choice, how we might look at national charter schools, education savings account,” he said. “Those are the things that I’m really interested in doing and staying here in Mississippi.”

While Bryant wants to lend a hand from the Capital, Jackson Councilman De’Keither Stamps was in Washington D.C. this past week talking to President-elect Trump’s transition team, beginning with an “off the record” meeting-

“Closed door sessions with outgoing and incoming administrations so we want to maintain those relationships,” he said.

Stamps is representing urban cities and cities of color and talking about issues Jackson is facing along with many cities across the nation.

“Infrastructure, about public transit, education, economic development, things that we’ve been working on for some time now.”

The transition team is made up of Republicans and Democrats. Stamps says he wants to make sure issues the President-elect talked about, like infrastructure are still a priority when he takes office in January. He has a message for both parties here at home.

“Be encouraged, don’t allow for the campaign rhetoric to throw you too far off kilter. This country cannot afford for a president to fail,” Stamps.

He is one of 20 people serving on the team.

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