Designed to allow local governments to interact with the White House, the forum also included a session with Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and White House aide Omarosa Manigault. The forum covered topics ranging from trade to infrastructure to workforce development.
Miami County Commissioner John O’Brien said he welcomed the chance to hear from the White House.
“I’ve been an elected county official for 23 years, the last 11 as commissioner, and this is the first time I’ve ever been asked to come to the White House, no matter who the administration is, to voice our needs and what’s happened to our counties,” he said.
Montgomery County Commissioner Deb Lieberman is one of the few Democrats who made the trip.
“They listened,” she said of the Trump admission officials, admitting she was “a little skeptical” about what she would hear. “They came prepared with our issues. It was nice to be heard.”
Conway said the opioid problem will require a comprehensive effort that includes prevention, intervention and a reduction in the supply of the drugs.
“I tell my Democratic friends daily this is a nonpartisan issue starving for bipartisan attention and solutions,” she said.