Hogan to attend Republican Governors Association event at Trump resort

While Gov. Larry Hogan did not endorse Donald J. Trump for president, he will be a guest at one of the president's golf resorts in Florida next week.

Hogan, along with nine other GOP governors, is scheduled to join an event Tuesday at the Trump National Doral Miami. The Governor's Office confirmed Friday that Hogan plans to attend the Republican Governors Association's Corporate Policy Summit along with such governors as Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Rick Scott of Florida.

Amelia Chasse, a spokeswoman for Hogan, said the governor has participated in such events before. She referred questions about it to the governors' group.

According to a program for the event, GOP governors and industry leaders will discuss "how they have adopted and responded to a volatile market" and how they hope the Trump administration will adopt "a responsible, common-sense energy policy."

Hogan's plan to visit a Trump property gave Democrats in Maryland a line of attack.

"Now we know why Governor Hogan won't challenge Trump and oppose measures like Trumpcare that hurt Maryland," said state Democratic Party spokesman Bryan Lesswing. "He'd rather spend his time at Trump's golf resorts than stand up for Marylanders."

The use of Trump properties for government and political activities have raised questions about how much Trump is profiting from his presidency. It was not clear Friday if he was charging the Republican Governors Association for use of the facility or donating services as an in-kind contribution.

A message to the RGA seeking an answer to that question was not returned.

Hogan declined to endorse Trump for president after the New York businessman and reality television star won the Republican nomination last year.

The governor told reporters on Election Day that he had written in the name of his father, former U.S. Rep. Lawrence J. Hogan Sr., who died last month.

Since the election, Hogan has steered a cautious course in speaking about the Trump administration.

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