President Obama isn't exactly getting the royal treatment for his visit to Texas Tuesday afternoon, where he will deliver a speech on immigration reform at 3:30 p.m Eastern Time in El Paso.
Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry will not meet with Obama after he lands in the conservative stronghold, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said during a briefing with reporters on Air Force One.
"We invited him to meet with the president. He declined the invitation," Carney said. "We also in the past offered him a National Security Council briefing on immigration, and he declined that as well."
Perry and other Texas politicians have criticized the president recently for not declaring a federal disaster in the state ravaged by wildfires.
As for the Obama's political standing in the Lone Star State, Carney said, "He obviously did not carry it in 2008. The president feels very strongly that he doesn’t give up on any state. The fact is, I heard him talk on other occasions about how much he enjoys coming to Texas. He’s glad to be here. I know he has a lot of supporters here, and I’m sure he’ll be back."