Gov. Scott Walker on Monday was firm in squashing the idea he might join the Trump administration sometime this term or next, adding he hasn’t been approached with any such offer.
“I can unequivocally without hesitation tell you I will never willingly leave the role as governor through the end of this next coming term,” he told reporters in Madison.
Walker said former Gov. Tommy Thompson, who served as secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush, has had a significant role in influencing his thinking.
“Tommy Thompson told me if not once, a thousand times, his worst day as governor was better than his best day in the cabinet,” Walker said.
Walker also said he’s confident he can have a more influential role as governor.
Walker also suggested embattled Missouri Governor Eric Greitens should resign as he faces a felony charge of taking a nude picture of a woman in March 2015 without her consent.
“Well I think it’s a horribly sad situation there. I don’t know how somebody stays in that position. I just think for the citizens of that state it’s difficult if not impossible for him to govern,” Walker told reporters.
Walker has previously campaigned for Greitens, a Republican who is one of the youngest governors in U.S. history.
The woman, who is the subject of the March 2015 photo, also accuses Greitens of physically abusing her.
But Walker remained mum when asked about recent comments from former FBI Director James Comey, who called Trump “morally unfit” to be president.
“That’s a federal issue,” Walker said.
Walker spoke with reporters after signing a bill to give reemployment rights, death benefits and continuation pay benefits to Wisconsin National Guard members while they’re on active duty.
Over the course of the day, the guv signed more than 90 bills into law, including one that sets aside $6.8 million for a marketing program to bring more workers to the state.
Others include: SB 668, which raises the limits on the amount of tax credits that can be certified under the state’s historic rehabilitation tax credit from $500,000 to $3.5 million; and AB 748, which prohibits local governments from enacting their own laws related to employment.
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