By Shaun Boyd

DENVER (CBS4) – Gov. John Hickenlooper is talking about the Trump administration for the first time since the president’s inauguration.

“There is a sense that it’s one thing after another after another after another that are so unorthodox and so startling in a way,” Hickenlooper said.

But the governor urged Coloradans to be open-minded.

“We owe him the benefit of the doubt. He is the president of the United States,” he said.

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday (credit: CBS)

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday (credit: CBS)

In the same breath, the governor admitted Trump wasn’t making it easy.

“The apparent disregard for the truth and facts … the really accelerated pace by which decisions are being made by a very small number people. We’ve had appointments to higher office of people that generally don’t have any experience in those fields. It’s almost like the president and his senior staff are trying to be disruptive, are trying to stir things up.”

Hickenlooper says he’s worried people will become desensitized by the level of provocation.

“We’re going to try and do everything we can to make America and to make Colorado successful, but we’re not going to compromise our basic values.”

President Donald Trump (credit: CBS)

President Donald Trump (credit: CBS)

The governor condemned Trump’s ban on immigrants from certain countries and is concerned about the president’s rhetoric around Mexico, which is Colorado’s number two export market, but he supports one executive order — to expedite environmental reviews on infrastructure projects like Interstate 25 and I-70.

“We are right now putting together the proposals. I do want to make sure that we look at every aspect of the impact to the environment of any of the projects we do, but historically those reviews have been sequential, so they take a great deal of time and add a great deal of expense to public infrastructure.”

In the end, Hickenlooper says it’s not just the policies of the new administration that could impact Colorado.

“We’ve got some really difficult issues to find common ground on in the state of Colorado and having the model in Washington be so divisive is not going to help.”

Shaun Boyd is CBS4’s political specialist. She’s a veteran reporter with more than 25 years of experience. Follow her on Twitter @cbs4shaun.

Comments (7)
  1. Agreed Governor, you ARE wrong. We must resist. Can’t work with him… must work against him!

  2. John Mertz says:

    Governor, you are wrong. And displaying classic Democrat pansyness. t.Rump and the republicans are proving they will be a disaster for Colorado. One of the first things they did was introduce HR621 to sell off our public lands. You need to develop a backbone and stand up to this later day Hitler and his brown shirts.

    The 14 defining characteristics common to Fascist regimes are:
    . Powerful and Continuing Nationalism (read “Make America Great Again”),
    . Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights,
    . Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause(read “Muslims and other minorities”),
    . Supremacy of the Military, Rampant Sexism (read fund the military and cut or stop completely social programs),
    . Rampant Sexism (read suppress abortion and LGBT rights)
    . Controlled Mass Media (read defund NPR and other legitimate news outlets),
    . Obsession with National Security (read make people afraid),
    . Religion and Government are Intertwined (read use religion to manipulate public opinion),
    . Corporate Power is Protected,
    . Labor Power is Suppressed,
    . Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts (read open hostility to education and academia),
    . Obsession with Crime and Punishment (read crush civil liberties and create mass fear),
    . Rampant Cronyism and Corruption (read appoint your buddies and cronies),
    . Fraudulent Elections (read manipulate elections with smear tactics and fake news).

    Welcome to the Un-united States of Trump.

  3. Jack Foobar says:

    Trump doesn’t need your support. Just like Obama didn’t need ours. Eat a D, Leftists. You called down the thunder. Now you got it.

  4. Governor, no I do not owe him the benefit of the doubt. Quite the contrary he owes this nation his respect, dedication and loyalty. I am not his subject, to be ruled over. If he chooses to be “unconventional” and “provocative”, then perhaps he should be clean re at and consisted and above all forthright. He needs to choose representatives who communicated with the American people without thirsty, condescending and defensive tone.

  5. there won’t be a United States left in 4 years, after Steve Bannon is done with it.

    we are in week 2 of 207 weeks. Two Hundred and Seven Weeks of this.

    1. you must be from California. Finally, we have a President that will get things done instead of appeasing our enemies. People like you have turned this state into a mess. Sincerely, Native and Desert Storm VET! Go BAck where you are from.

      1. John Mertz says:

        Born here too. You are 100% wrong! t.Rump is a disaster and he is letting Bannon drag him around by the tiny one. If you vote for someone who is a misogynist, a racist, a bigot, a woman hater, a xenophobe, a sexual predator, and a bully you are one .. by definition.

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