AG Fox to join Sen. Daines at Trump address to Congress

Attorney General Tim Fox

Missoula Current

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox will join Sen. Steve Daines on Tuesday as his guest of honor at President Donald Trump’s first joint address to Congress.

Fox, who was reelected as attorney general last November, will be in Washington, D.C., for the winter meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General, during which healthcare challenges will be discussed.

“I look forward to working with the president and Congress to build strong and balanced state-federal partnerships to address the challenges our nation faces, such as combating human trafficking and curbing the influx of dangerous drugs across the country,” Fox said on Monday. “These have been, and will continue to be, top priorities of mine as attorney general.”

The White House has said that Trump’s speech will carry a different tone than his inaugural speech, in which he focused on America’s decline. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump will discuss the “renewal of the American spirit.”

Pundits are speculating on whether Trump will actually detail any policies, such as Medicaid expansion, tax reform, or his pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Daines, who was criticized for not  holding an in-person town hall while on recess, said Fox will hear first-hand how Trump will “restore law and order” and protect Americans.”

“Tim Fox has led the fight to push back on overreaching Obama administration regulations that have harmed hardworking Montana families,” Daines said. “It’s only fitting that he be my guest of honor at the joint session as President Trump outlines his agenda to peel back those oppressive regulations.”

The National Association of Attorneys General’s winter gathering will include a meeting with Trump administration officials. George Jepsen, the attorney general of Connecticut, will also discuss “Evolving Challenges in the American Healthcare Marketplace.”