CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice today coyly acknowledged President Donald Trump will visit The Greenbrier resort, which the governor owns, this week.
Asked directly about the president’s visit, Justice jokingly denied knowledge.
“I just don’t know anything about it. I mean, really? Really? All of a sudden the president of the United States might be coming to The Greenbrier? Well, wonder, wonder why,” Justice said during a Monday press conference about other issues.
The governor has spoken often about his friendship with Trump, another wealthy businessman in the real estate business.
This week is the PGA Golf Tournament formerly known as The Greenbrier Classic and now called A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.
In an official announcement of the president’s visit, Justice said Trump will attend the Salute to Service Dinner. Justice will welcome the President at the airport and will introduce him at the dinner.
“I am so excited to welcome my friend President Trump back to West Virginia for the fifth time since he was elected,” Justice stated.
The governor also noted the time frame around the Fourth of July.
“Additionally, the President’s visit to support our military and celebrate our nation’s birthday is much appreciated by all,” Justice stated.
A press release sent out last week by the Governor’s Office indicated Justice spoke with Trump at the White House about issues related to coal and timber.
“He kind of said something to me about maybe coming here tomorrow,” Justice said Monday, adding that the visit has been on the agenda for months.
Justice also marveled over a Trump comment. He said says Trump told him “West Virginia is the most visited state by the President of the United States than any other state.”
Justice added,” Can you believe it?”
Trump has been a regular visitor to West Virginia, which is conveniently located from Washington, D.C., and where his popularity remains very high.
“When the president of the United States is coming to visit West Virginia, what can come of that but good stuff?” Justice said.