Vice President Pence headlined a roundtable discussion at Unity National Bank, a minority-owned bank in downtown Atlanta.

Pence started by praising Gov. Brian Kemp, who was sitting next to him, for his aggressive approach to reopen Georgia’s economy.

“Georgia’s leading the way in reopening American,” he said. “We want to commend you for the safe and responsible and measured way that you continue to restore not only the economic life but the cultural life of this community.”

Today’s words echoed Pence’s remarks last week when he made clear the White House supported Kemp’s approach. That turnabout came weeks after President Donald Trump strongly criticized the governor for allowing barber shops, tattoo parlors, and other businesses to reopen if they follow safety guidelines. 

Just Thursday, Kemp signed an executive order that continued to ease restrictions by allowing bars, nightclubs and amusement parks to reopen in Georgia if they abide by a new set of regulations.

Throughout the roundtable, Pence offered an optimistic view of the nation’s coronavirus response, saying the “trend lines are encouraging.”

Several local business owners offered praise for the PPP program and advice. Among them was Cynthia Johnson, the owner of a local salon who asked for help in reviving her business.

“Where else can I turn, because I don’t know?” she said. “I know I have a long road ahead.”

The vice president said another round of stimulus is in the works and asked Kemp to remind him whether Georgia had let her business reopen. (He signed that order in late April, the governor said, as Pence nodded.)

“Help is on the way a couple of different ways,” Pence said.

The VP departed Dobbins at around 2:40 p.m. On his way out, he was greeted by Georgia GOP chair David Shafer and Democratic state Rep. Vernon Jones, who was condemned by his party after he endorsed Trump in April.

more from the pavlovic today

We The People: My 2022 Christmas At The White House

It’s that time of year again. On Monday, I walked through the White House gates for the First Lady’s Christmas decoration reveal. An annual White House press tradition, filled with history, holiday songs, and thousands of sparkling lights. The grand entrance at the East Wing Lobby opened with “We the People” holiday experience with bells…

Keep reading

Biden’s schedule for November 29, 2022 is out

EST 11:55 AM President Biden departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews                              12:25 PM President Biden departs Joint Base Andrews en route Freeland, Michigan                              2:05 PM President Biden arrives in Freeland, Michigan                            2:35 PM President Biden tours the SK SiltronCSS facility …

Keep reading

Biden’s schedule for November 28, 2022 is out

EST 10:30 AM President Biden receives the Presidential Daily Briefing 1:30 PM President Biden hosts a congratulatory visit with 2022 Nobel Prize Winners from the United States  Briefing Schedule 2:30 PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby

Keep reading

Nicola Sturgeon Looks For A Plan B For Independent Scotland

Scotland cannot hold an independence referendum without the consent of the UK government, the UK’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday. “A lawfully held referendum would have important political consequences relating to the Union and United Kingdom Parliament,” noted Supreme Court President Lord Reed. “The Scottish parliament does not have the power to legislate for a referendum…

Keep reading

The White House Press Pool

Produced by members of the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA), these brief Pool Reports track American president. The White House Press Pool is composed of the members of the White House...

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *