National Politics

President Trump recognized this North Texas mayor as a ‘fantastic friend’

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price drew a little national attention this week.

On Wednesday, when she attended a work session with mayors from across the county and President Donald Trump, she was the second mayor recognized.

Trump first called attention to Pascagoula, Miss., Mayor Dane Maxwell.

Then Price.

“Thank you, Betsy,” the president said. “Thank you for being here, very much. Really, two fantastic friends of mine for a long time.”

Price said she was happy to attend the meeting.

“Fort Worth deserves a seat at the table, especially as we discuss opportunities around infrastructure investment, jobs and a final resolution and pathway to citizenship for our DACA residents,” she said. “It was a bipartisan gathering of mayors across the country, all committed to finding solutions for hardworking Americans.

“I was proud the president recognized Fort Worth during his remarks. With a potential $1.8 trillion infrastructure package on the table, it’s good to be noticed, and we are ready to get to work.”

Much media attention about the gathering focused on the mayors who chose not to attend the gathering.

“The mayors who choose to boycott this event have put the needs of criminal illegal immigrants over law-abiding Americans,” Trump told the crowd that did attend. “But let me tell you, the vast majority of people showed up. OK? The vast majority.”

Trump touched on many issues during the meeting, including sanctuary cities.

“Sanctuary cities are the best friend of gangs and cartels, like MS-13,” he said. “You know that. The result in the death rate around sanctuary cities — in and around — for innocent Americans is unacceptable.”

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley