Brewer feels snubbed by White House
April 20th, 2011
11:37 AM ET
4 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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  1. sammieb51

    Wow, I wonder why she wouldn't be invited? Does she have "travel papers" to leave Arizona?

    April 20, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Bill

    Get over it lady. You made you bed, now sleep in it.

    April 20, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. ben

    Id Ignore you to. Your a republican? Your agenda is silly,and out of date. Jobs!!!! How many times do Americans have to ask? Get on with it already!!!!!!!!! Your party is killing everything on our recovery!!

    April 20, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Eunice

    Since Obama is so in LOVE with the immigrants, he need to bring them to DC with him....Why not DC is full of corruption any way.......

    April 20, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Pam

    A governor who intentionally made up stories about decapitated bodies to get her point across should not even be a governer. Very unethical. The state I live would not stand for that!

    April 20, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Ryche

    Of course obammie doesnt want someone who disagrees with him in the room.. its obvious he only wanted yes men there.. oh ya, and his puppet master Richard Trumka.... What a joke this president is... If he's the smartest person in the room, then it must be a very very small room...

    April 20, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Disgusted

    Why should President Obama invite this whining prima donna anywhere? She disrespectfully said she, "would not be willing to work with the president on an immigration bill until the borders were secure." Obviously, she has nothing to add to the conversation during her hissy fit.

    The pot is calling the kettle black here. Oh wait, that's what all the Repugs hate: the president is a black man who is smarter, better informed and more understanding than all of them put together. OBAMA 2012!

    April 20, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. rs

    Brewer represents all that is wrong with Arizona. She has proclaimed (as has her minion Russell Pearce) that they will not work with Obama, despite the greatest number of National Guardsmen ever being placed on the border. Obama has done more than Bush or any prior President for Arizona's security. The payback? racsist legislation and a "Birther" bill. Obama should make Arizona part of New Mexico again, as we clearly can't operate on our own. We are essentially a "failed state". A more progressive state like New Mexico probably wouldn't take us, though.

    April 20, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. NYC REPUB

    The negativity of the GOP will cause to vote for this man next election cycle.

    April 20, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Me

    Perhaps Brewer wasn't invited due to her own words (wont' work with President) and actions (hey, stop that tan man! He's illegal!). I was raised in this state. How could a Governor of a SW state be so obtuse as to not realize that the Hispanics, Pima, Yavapai, Hopi, etc. were the people there originally and the whites were the immigrants? AZ didn't start existing the day Scottsdale Fashion Square was completed.

    April 20, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. BlackLibrary

    Immigration policy has little to do with border protection. Ask the governors of NY, Vermont, Maine, Washington, Florida, etc, if they also feel 'snubbed'. Even could make our borders impregnable, the issue of immigration reform is still critical to our future. Sad xenophobes...

    April 20, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Marko

    Yes. She should be invited. Then stopped and pulled aside at the airport security to be detained, interrogated and then shipped back to Arizona. She can come back when she acquires and open mind.

    April 20, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. Marko

    A Nation of WINGNUTS

    April 20, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    So union bosses are now in meetings discussing illegal immigration?! I guess we know where they think their new membership is coming from. But if they were looking out for the jobs of their CURRENT MEMBERSHIP, they would be pushing for strict border enforcement and roundup of cheal illegal labor in this country. People who belong to unions are the ultimate SUCKERS. You're money is being stolen from you to work against you.

    April 20, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Monk

    I feel sorry for all the liberals I see posting on here. I have no problem with ignorance, ignorance is curable. However your stupidity and and the obvious racism of some of you (dominicanmomma4obama for one) is not.

    April 20, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. aradayon

    now she's signing that moronic arizona birhter legislation.

    April 20, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Shirley

    I agree, the Governor of every State that borders Mexico should have attended.

    April 20, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. willard bullock

    I know that obma are saying wrong borken sytems but I know what happened about broke sytems so I wish intevew talk with cnn

    April 20, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Vic of New York

    Christ! That's like a unlikable obnoxious kid saying she feels snubbed no one invited her to the prom! Maybe there IS a message there, Gov.

    April 20, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. Kim

    Why would she be surprised? After seeing the immigration legislation produced in her state, and from listening to her comments about headless bodies (that only she can see) in the desert, I wouldn't want her input either. It's time for a sane and reasoned approach to immigration – not some political stunt or publicity. Brewer was "on the front lines" stirring up publicity with her propaganda and for promoting a totally flawed approach. She hasn't earned her spot at the table. What's astounding is that she's actually surprised by the snub.

    April 20, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Michael - Portage

    Maybe it's just a really bad picture, but with a face like that......

    April 20, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. UK987

    So she said she won't work with the White House on this issue. Then the White House holds a meeting to work on this issue and does not invite her. Now she complains that she feels snubbed. WTF???? She is just looking for headlines. She is the governor of a hick state looking to advance her carreer. She needs to learn to invite all points of view to address issues and not make dumb blanket statements like she did.

    April 20, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. a6102658

    She pounded the president for many months along with her Compadres, now she feels like Chicken Liver, Boo Hoo!!
    Republicans have an unhealthy way to negotiate, " it is my way, all the way or no way at all"

    April 20, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  24. Politicians are Angels and Teachers are now Devils according to the gospel of GOP Tea Party

    I thought John & Cindy McSame were building the border fence with all that load of dough and taxes breaks & deductions the rich folks got plus their 7 houses; but wonder why it's taking so long to get it completed?....and why is it taking sooo long for knucklehead Trump to disclose the findings of his investigation of president Obama birth certificate??

    crickets please?!!

    April 20, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. LouAz

    My, my, my . . . actions have consequences. Jan honey, you've already stated your position. Live with it.

    April 20, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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