INTERVIEW: Pocatello City Councilman visit White House, recounts experience with President Donald Trump










Photo Courtesy: Jim Johnston

Jim Johnston is a Pocatello businessman and serves on the Pocatello City Council. He joined Neal Larson on KID Newsradio talk about his recent trip to the White House to see President Donald Trump give a speech to a group of 150 business owners. 

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POCATELLO, Idaho — Jim Johnston realized he was standing in the right place at the right time when he sat just behind, White House advisor Kellyanne Conway and a slew of other White House officials.

“I was immediately behind them, gave me an opportunity to interact with them, have a very nice conversation with Kellyanne Conway, she knows a lot of people from Idaho, so we were able to talk about a lot of those things,” Jim Johnston, a Pocatello business owner and city councilman, told KID Newsradio.

Photo Courtesy: Jim Johnston

Johnston says Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) invited him to visit Washington D.C. to watch President Donald Trump give a speech on the economy. Johnston was one of 150 business leaders invited to the event.

“As a real estate professional, I’m very concerned about the American dream for people,” Johnston said. “In the comments, that [President Trump] made, he was really helping small business people like me to have confidence that he was genuinely going to do something to get rid of the onerous regulations that seem to be plaguing business and was really anxious to see changes in the tax code.”

This isn’t the first time Johnston has rubbed shoulders with the U.S. Presidency. As a young man, Johnston was invited to the White House to watch President Lyndon B. Johnson and later in life, President Ronald Reagan.