Brewer feels snubbed by White House
April 20th, 2011
11:37 AM ET
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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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  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wazza matter? Lil Jan feeling disrespected?
    The GOP has proven themselves useless in any serious discussion. They shoot down good ideas when they are at the table, and they slap down the President whenever it suits them. The President has thusly learned to do quite well WITHOUT your assistance.
    And wasn't it you that you WOULD NOT work with President Obama? Well, you got your wish.
    Prehistoric, knuckle-dragging, disrespectful morons.

    April 20, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. grrace

    Snubbed? I say GOOD JOB!

    April 20, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I guess the meeting had the wrong name. I would think a gathering described as a "summit" would imply a gathering of all involved parties. Sounds to me like it was a Democratic planning session about how immigrants affect labor unions.

    April 20, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Blue18

    Why was the AFL-CIO at an immigration meeting, trying to collect dues?

    April 20, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Danny Cali

    Jan Brewer who's the one said "I'm would not be willing to work with the president on an immigration bill until the borders were secure"? that's why Mr. President not going to call you anymore lady.

    April 20, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. grrace

    Brewer should be "snubbed. " There is still a boycott on Arizona over SB1070.

    April 20, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. John

    I did not have to read very far when it said "She was speaking to FOX news'....it pretty much lost all credibility after that.

    April 20, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. once upon a horse

    I have to ask CNN where they get some of these pics of these GOP women? Could they have not found a WORSE picture of Jan Brewer (of whom I am NOT a fan of at all) to put on here?

    April 20, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. james Miller

    It`s politics Jan, the same thing you practice --–

    April 20, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. jenn, philadelphia

    Even if the White House didn't want to invite her, not to invite a single leader from a border state is ridiculous. Thank heavens he didn't forget to invite the unions, though, that would have been unforgivable.

    April 20, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    Would YOU want to look at that face and listen to the ignorant stuttering on an important matter that she has used to set up private jails (with kick-backs to her included)?

    April 20, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. C. Howe Yulikit

    Why? You've stated repeatedly your opposition to everything the President is trying to do. Why would he invite someone who will simply say no, and then whine and complain to Fox News?

    April 20, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. fayse

    Jan Brewer is a radical right wing extremest. I only hope that the good people of Arizona get wise to her. We don't need zealots like this representing ANY Americans in any capacity.
    She is not fit to be in the same room as President Obama.

    April 20, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. PalmReader

    Goodness. Brewer spent months stating she wouldn't work with the President unless she got what she wanted and now she complains she's being snubbed by him? Cry me a river, Jan. Or better yet, get McCain to build the darn fence, and be done with it.

    April 20, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Jennifer

    Haha, she has no friends.

    April 20, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. john

    Governor Brewer doesn't get to whine about it now. She made this problem.

    April 20, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. kim

    soooooo, hmmm, let me get this straight, she straight up said she is NOT willing to work with him on immigration reform, but feels snubed??? Is she insane? When I had a bbq last weekend, I didnt invite my neighbor because he refuses to keep his yappin dogs quiet! I dont think he felt snubed, just knows I dont care for him... hint hint "governor"

    April 20, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    And good for you Mr. President for giving them, through her, a taste of their own medicine!!!
    Do you all really think that he's going to sit there and take your crap all day long?!?
    As President of the United States he's GOT to set the example even when surrounded by boors and yahoos, BUT....you all better recognize..............!!!!

    April 20, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. SAY WHAT!!!

    Actually there aren't any broom parking space in the White House...

    April 20, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. Pat - Houston

    To Bob in PA:April 20, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |

    We need a law that states that no LOBBYIST of any kind, including energy, pharmaceutical, medical, oil & gas, ethanol, agriculture, sugary industry, etc., be involved in politics in any way shape or form. In fact, we would be a better country if they were banned from contact with the CONGRESS!

    April 20, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. American Doc

    Has anybody ever broken down the percentage of federal income tax collected from Republicans versus Democrats? That number would be very simple to approximate. Shouldn't this be considered when we have to vote for people who decide where that money goes? Mouthy people who take but do not give should not have a say in where the taxes go. It is simply not thier money. The constitution does not promise the ability to spend your neighbors money. And giving that money to those who are here illeagally? That should not be debated. Funding of others should be optional in a free country, not mandatory. We have created a lazy mess by giving away fish with no responsibilties to learn how to catch and clean them.

    April 20, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    She's just still fuming at missing an opportunity for AZ's private prison system to fill itself up with alleged illegal immigrants in order to turn a heafty profit off state funds.

    April 20, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. happynurse

    Since she stated she would be unwilling to work with the president, why bother inviting her? Just so she could get some street cred with the republicans when she bashes everything he says? Dont know which branch of the repuiblican party she has aligned herself with, is she straight up repub or tea party?

    April 20, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. Phil in KC

    That kind of follows the old adage about not ticking off the supply sergeant or the mess sergeant. If she has said publicly she would not work with the President, why in the world would she expect to be invited to his meeting? If someone said they would not work with me until their demands had been met, I wouldn't invite them either. I'd only want those who are interested in a give and take.

    April 20, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  25. Laverne

    Excuse me Mrs. Brewer, but you have made it very clear you have no desire to work with the president on any reform so I can't imagine why you would think you would get an invite??? If you stop pandering to your base and get down to the real business of reform then maybe a working relationship can emerge, but until then think about your own actions and I am sure you will conclude you would have not invited you either!!!

    April 20, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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