Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) will travel to France and England later this month to encourage new investments in the aerospace and cybersecurity industries.
The European trip comes on the heels of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the historic Paris climate accord and continued criticism from state Democrats over Hogan’s response to Trump’s actions on health care, immigration and, most recently, the environment.
The state Commerce Department announced the trip Friday.
Hogan will leave Maryland on June 17, traveling to Paris where he will be one of nine governors attending the Paris Air Show. He will then travel by train to London, where he will hold several meetings with leaders in the cybersecurity industry before returning to Maryland on June 23.
The governor’s office released a statement on Thursday saying that Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement was “not an action the governor would have taken.”
“Gov. Hogan is a strong advocate for protecting Maryland’s environment, including cleaner air and water, and supports efforts to combat climate change,” it said.
Last year, the governor signed a bill that reauthorizes and sets new targets for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act, a landmark bill passed in 2009 that required Maryland to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 25 percent below 2006 levels by 2020. The new target is to slash emissions to 40 percent below 2006 levels by 2030.
But Hogan vetoed a 2016 bill that required stronger renewable-energy standards in Maryland. He argued that the bill would force a tax increase to pay for the program’s goals. The legislature overturned Hogan’s veto earlier this year.
During the trip, Hogan will be joined by several members of his staff, including Sam Maholtra, his chief of staff; R. Michael Gill, the secretary of commerce; and a small group of business leaders.
Doug Mayer, a spokesman for the governor, said Hogan’s message will be that Maryland is “ready and eager to partner with international companies to create jobs and economic opportunity here in our state.”
“We have a lot to offer,” said Signe J. Pringle, the director of International Investment and Trade, noting the state’s proximity to the District, its universities and its port at Baltimore. “We’re quite well-positioned to make the case for these companies having a presence in Maryland.”