Skubick: How will Snyder work with President-elect Trump?

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Governor Rick Snyder does not have a working or personal relationship with President elect Donald Trump.

But what’s being done to build such a relationship?

Even though they were from different political parties Gov. Rick Snyder and President Barack Obama found a way to work together on projects such as the new bridge to Canada.

So it does help to have friends in high places but there is no relationship between the governor and the president-elect.

Mr. Snyder did not endorse his parties nominee and since Mr. Trump is big into loyalty is that a problem?

Lt. governor Brian Calley reports it takes time to build a relationship but he thinks the two will get it together eventually despite any differences they might have.

“So he reaches out to people across the whole spectrum,” says Calley. “The idea of having a close relationship with the next White House is something that I would expect to happen.”

Meanwhile the governor has a great relationship with Vice-President-elect Mike Pence.

Mr. Snyder and he, as neighboring governors, do not have to build one now.

“Having Gov. Pence in a prominent role being from a state like Michigan, we think that’s a very good thing.”

To build a relationship it is helpful to assess what type of person you are dealing with.

In this case is it the bombastic Donald Trump on the campaign trail or the seemingly toned down president-elect?

Mr. Calley says he has no idea but he’s encouraged that Mr. Trump is surrounding himself with persons with Washington experience but many are wondering will Mr. Trump listen to them.

“Great leaders listen to people around him and that’s what I see happening so far.”

The incoming House Democratic leader here says this about the real Donald Trump.

“That’s what we’ll have to see,” said Rep. Singh. “He said a lot of things during the campaign and now people are really afraid.”

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