Trump Invites Some Mayors to the Intergovernmental Table -- Not All

Mayors weigh in on changes with the Trump Administration’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Many report the relationship between the federal government and cities is rapidly devolving.



By Reid Wilson

Mayors of major American cities — many of them Democrats — say the long-standing bipartisan relationship between urban leaders and the federal government is atrophying one year into the Trump administration.

Some mayors say their calls to government agencies or the White House go unreturned. Others said they do not know to whom they are supposed to reach out in an administration still struggling to staff up.

“There’s no relationship today between our cities and this White House, and that to me is very unfortunate,” said Michael Hancock, a Democrat serving as Denver’s mayor. “We feel like we’ve lost our relationship with the White House that we shared with previous presidents.”

Hear from mayors like South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg -- left off the White House guest list during last week’s U.S. Conference of Mayors for a session with the President on infrastructure funding plans, immigration reform and other topics -- about their intergovernmental relationship with the Trump administration on The Hill’s website.