West Virginia governor-elect Jim Justice and President-elect Donald Trump discussed their plans for the future of the coal industry in a 15-minute phone call Saturday. Justice and Trump’s conversation focused on creating coal jobs, tourism, and other job possibilities, according to a press release from Justice.
In the release, Justice called it “an exciting day for West Virginia,” and said he looked forward to working with Trump on finding jobs for coal miners.
“President-elect Trump made it clear that he won’t forget about West Virginia when it comes to our nation’s energy policies. I will work closely with the President-elect and his administration on clean coal technology, rolling back the job-killing EPA regulations on coal, and growing West Virginia’s other job opportunities.”
Justice did not elaborate on the steps they would take to create jobs.
Justice also encouraged both parties in the state Legislature to put aside party politics and collaborate on creating policies to benefit the state.
“President-elect Trump and I will work great together to bring new opportunities to West Virginia families. He also shared with me how much he cares about the people of West Virginia,” Justice added.
According to the news release, President-elect Trump asked Justice to pass along a message to the people of West Virginia: “We are going to get those coal miners back to work.” The Trump campaign has not released a statement on the phone call.
The Justice campaign did not respond an interview request to discuss the conversation further with the Gazette-Mail Sunday.