Mo. Governor Parson Asked About U.S. Border Policy

Visits with St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger

Kevin Killeen
June 20, 2018 - 5:13 pm

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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) - Before President Donald Trump announced he had signed an executive order to stop separating children from accused illegal immigrant parents at the border, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson faced questions about the policy.

Parson, who's scheduled to meet Trump at the White House on Thursday, was asked if he planned to discuss the issue with the president.

"Well, one, I want to support the security of the border," Parson said. "That's something I've done my entire career, and I'm going to still continue to do that. None of us want to see families split up, I believe."

Parson went on to say that "more importantly," he planned to talk with the president about job creation in Missouri, the president's plan for purchases from Boeing, and infrastructure improvements in the state.

Parson then left the podium, as reporters shouted follow-up questions for him to clarify his position on the family separation policy.

Earlier, during the 6-minute news conference in the office of St. Louis County Executive Stenger, the governor touched on an array of topics:

**He plans to announce several appointments soon to the Metro Transit Board.

**He insists he had authority to appoint a Lieutenant Governor, despite a lawsuit filed by the Missouri Democratic Party claiming his move was unconstitutional.

**He does not believe there is any evidence of "bid rigging" in the awarding of state contracts by his Chief Operating Officer Drew Urdmann,  during the time Urdmann held that same position for the Greiten's Administration.