Hick on Overseas Trip to Italy for High-Powered Conference: ‘It’s a Weekend Thing’ Hick on Overseas Trip to Italy for High-Powered Conference: ‘It’s a Weekend Thing’ – NTK Network

Hick on Overseas Trip to Italy for High-Powered Conference: ‘It’s a Weekend Thing’

The governor's first response to scrutiny on his trip to the Bilderberg Group conference in Turin, Italy? "It's a weekend thing."

By NTK Staff | 07.19.2018 @12:00pm
Hick on Overseas Trip to Italy for High-Powered Conference: ‘It’s a Weekend Thing’

Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) finally addressed his attendance last month at the Bilderberg Group conference in Turin, Italy, telling Colorado Public Radio this week that “[i]t’s a weekend thing.”

On whether his attending the Bilderberg Group conference in Italy indicated presidential aspirations:

“It’s a weekend thing, and I paid my own way. I used vacation time to go because I didn’t, I wasn’t sure that, I do think it’s useful to the people of Colorado, and to the state. These are the smartest people in Europe, and the smartest people United States talking about the economy, nationalism, they’re talking about trade. … You get invited, and you don’t get invited by a specific person. You’re invited by the Secretary General, who’s in charge but you don’t know who in that group decided that you are someone that needed to be there. But I do think, being in those situations and talking about the stuff that Colorado has achieved, that our economy went from 40th to first, getting a chance to talk about that. All these really smart, very experienced people then get to hear about, well here’s why Colorado is a different place than many other states.”

Hickenlooper had been under scrutiny for attending the high-powered conference, both because it may betray presidential ambitions for the outgoing Colorado governor and because Hickenlooper has been less than forthcoming on his attendance.

If Hickenlooper is planning to run for president, or U.S. Senate, in 2020, he may want to calibrate his answers on outings like this. Most voters, in Iowa, Colorado, or any other state, don’t call an overseas trip to Italy “a weekend thing.”

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