BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum will visit the White House in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, May 13, to speak with President Donald Trump about the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Burgum spokesman Mike Nowatzki confirmed.
The first-term Republican governor will be joined on the visit by Gov. Jared Polis, D-Colo.
Burgum will likely highlight the state's efforts in testing for COVID-19 and contact tracing during the face-to-face meeting with the president, Nowatzki said. North Dakota ranks among the top states in the country in testing per capita and has a robust contact tracing operation relative to states with higher infection rates.
The officeholders will also likely speak about federal agencies, like the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that have overseen the country's response to the illness, Nowatzki said.
As a result of the visit, it's unlikely Burgum will hold a regularly scheduled press conference Wednesday.
Burgum visited Iowa earlier this year in support of Trump's reelection campaign.