Brewer feels snubbed by White House
April 20th, 2011
11:37 AM ET
7 years ago

Brewer feels snubbed by White House

(CNN) – Jan Brewer, the Arizona governor who's sparred with President Obama over her state's controversial illegal immigration law, says she feels "snubbed" by the White House after not getting invited to an immigration summit there Tuesday.

Speaking to Fox News, Brewer said the summit - during which the president met with state and local leaders including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka - should have included current governors of states that share a border with Mexico.

"You would have thought one of the governors would have been invited, since we are on the front lines fighting for security there," she said. "It was a little bit of a snub, if you will."

Brewer met with the president last June after she signed a controversial immigration law that is currently being challenged by the Justice Department. She later described the meeting as "very cordial" but said disagreements remained.

In an interview with CNN's John King later that month, Brewer said she would not be willing to work with the president on an immigration bill until the borders were secure.

"You know, everything's off the table, I believe, in Arizona until we get our borders secure," she said then. "That's our No. 1 priority. It's unfortunate it has to be that way. But the people of Arizona, the people of America, have been promised that our borders would be secured for years and years and years, with it not happening."

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soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. Chess

    Gov Crosshairs – Go away!

    April 20, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Four and The Door

    the president met with state and local leaders including ...AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
    At least Obama invited his boss.

    April 20, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. chill

    So when you say you are not willing to work with the Preident on immigation reform, and the meeting is about immigration reform... Why is it you'd expect an invitation? My way or the highway isn't exactly a useful approach if you want to get things done.

    April 20, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Bob in PA

    What the %^&^$^ is the AFL-CIO doing in on imigration reform meetings.
    Something smells in DC big time, it's time to flush them all.and reform our government.

    April 20, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. 32mMD

    Nothing this president does surprises me anymore. This meeting would have been a great means of solving the immigration problem brining the governor back to the table. That's because he has an agenda to allow illegal immigrants to become citizens and vote for Democrats in future elections.

    April 20, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Padraig

    Why should she feel snubbed? It is obvious that our current and previous administrations did not want to take this crisis seriously. My opinion is further reinforced with names that were there, Bloomberg, Schwarzenegger, and Trumka. What a joke. Maybe he was sitting outside around the lawn furniture drinking a beer with them to decide what to do and how to avoid this problem.

    April 20, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |

    Obama is just running for office that is and has been his job this past few years

    April 20, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Thomas

    I guess she feels entitled to be invited.

    April 20, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. the real ib

    Gov. you stand up to the illegals is why you weren't invited. He wants only yes people in this meeting who don't care about our borders. They are looking at future votes only. I am sick and tired of seeing my tax dollars go to the illegals. Secure our borders first and then talk about what to do with the illegals that are already here. If they have been arrested then kick them out. To many of them have already killed citizens in this country and got by with it. And one more thing; make them learn English; when you go to another you learn their language or do without; same should apply here.

    April 20, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. Bob in PA

    We need a law that states that no Public Sector Union, Parent Union, Union subsidiary, or Union represntative can be involved in politics in any way shape or form.

    April 20, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Rush L

    really, why invite a sworn enemy. I agree with the President. keep these loons out!

    April 20, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Speaker of Truth

    Snubbed. Imagine that.

    Act like a fool all of the time and the smart people are going to decide you are a waste of time. Snubbed indeed.

    April 20, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. AZ DEM

    She is entitled to feel however she wants snubbed or not Obama knows where Brewer stands on immigration SB 1070 that passed here in AZ is proof of where her opinion of the issue lies. When it is all said and done Brewer isn't going to be voting on ANY proposal the Fed could potentially create to deal with the issue so she should get back to worrying about the other MANY issues that Arizona has now.

    April 20, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. Lynnette

    Well, if you aren't willing to work with the President, what's the point in inviting you?

    April 20, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. Russ

    If you weren't such a radical you may have been invited. Why would they want someone with no common sense to be a part of the discussion? Someone that wouldn't agree to any sensilbe solution. Why?

    April 20, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. Morrison

    I second that motion with an addendum . The new exclusion law is only in effect for one minute but ideas from Bob in PA are illegal forever.

    April 20, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    I dont care who is here illegally as long as they are not republican. We the youth don't like your brand of politics

    April 20, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. Sniffit

    Sorry Queen Jan, but "I'm butthurt" does not constitute a substantive contribution to the dialogue.

    April 20, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. SayWhat

    She shouldn't feel snubbed. She's on the guest list the next time the White House invites Mr. Ed.

    April 20, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. Joseph

    WAIT. She says she will NOT work with Obama on immigration reform and that all things are off the table, then she turns around and complains that she is being snubbed for not being invited to work on immigration reform? duh!

    April 20, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Frustrated Independent Voter !

    Why would they invite someone who is part of the problem ? We need solution's not trouble maker's ! If you wanted to talk to the president then you should have done it before you let the legislature try to make up their own law ! Sorry Brewer but you're a day late and a dollar short to whine about not being apart of the process !

    April 20, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. Rick McDaniel

    Obama doesn't want anyone involved, who he clearly knows, will disagree with his policy. Brewer will obviously disagree, and therefore wasn't invited.

    Obama only sees one side of an issue......his side.

    April 20, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. NVa Native

    Snubbed? I hope so.
    She is a radical nut bag who talks trash and spews lies to the lame-stream media every chance she gets.
    Does she think she should be encouraged or rewarded for such bad and un-American behavior?

    April 20, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  24. Rdepontb

    AFL-CIO was invited because they feel that their members have felt the brunt of illegal alien workers-simple to understand why they are attending.

    As for Brewer, she has stated heatedly, vociferously, on Fox and elsewhere that she will not work with the President. Now she's crying that _she's_ been wronged and snubbed? Hypocrite, opportunist, way in over her head. For the sake of the fine people of Arizona-do not run for office again, ma'am.

    April 20, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. Jim

    You don't need to "feel" snubbed you were snubbed and I for one am happy. Until you show some mature judgment your advice is not needed.

    April 20, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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