Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) attended the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. At the event, the governor urged U.S. Congress to secure the southern border.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Prtizker (D) and U.S. Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Krysten Sinema (I-AZ) were among those present at the event, which consisted of a roundtable format that allowed all attendees to answer questions.
Gov. Kemp was asked about how partisanship affected the state of Georgia. In response, the governor outlined the economic achievements of his state.
“We’ve had 2 record years in a row, economically. Our mid-year numbers will probably break last year’s numbers if you take out the two big megaprojects we had,” he said.
In addition, he touted his administration’s successes in raising teacher salaries, protecting schools and implementing healthcare waivers.
Georgia’s governor also shared his views on partisanship in D.C.: “You know, there’s frustrations, quite honestly. Look, if there’s gridlock in Washington, DC, one thing you can count on is the stability and a great economy, a great business environment in the state of Georgia.”
Moreover, the governor discussed the “frustration” of dealing with the fentanyl crisis in his state due to President Joe Biden’s policies: “And we’re going to keep rocking and rolling but it is frustrating to have to deal with the fentanyl crisis because we simply cannot see or secure our border in this country,” Kemp stated.
He added that every governor in the U.S. is dealing with this epidemic that is costing thousands of American lives each year.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp at World Economic Forum Davos talking about closing the border, the fentanyl crisis & keeping the country open after lockdown pressure from both parties.
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Kemp added, “But I believe much could be solved and I think there will be broad bipartisan support for simply in the meantime, while you’re working on these things to secure the dang border.”
According to Breitbart, Kemp described himself as a “Georgian redneck” going to Davos. His attendance at the forum did bear fruit, as the governor used the opportunity at the WEF event to promote border security in the United States.