Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said Sunday that he told President Obama that he needed to show a greater sense of urgency in tackling the oil spill disaster and that “for us, it’s trust but verify.”
“You know, it’s that old saying that we’ve heard promises, we want to see that happen on the ground,” Jindal said in an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”
The President met with Jindal and other state and local leaders on Friday. Jindal told 'This Week' anchor Jake Tapper that he was direct with the President: “We need more local decision-making authority.”
“We asked for senior Coast Guard officials to be put in each coastal parish,” the governor said he told the president.
When asked whether he agreed with Obama’s claim that the government was doing everything it could, Jindal said, “I think there could have been a greater sense of urgency.”
Jindal also defended his beliefs in limited federal government in the wake of the spill crisis.
“When government grows too big, it doesn't do its core functions properly,” he said. “Absolutely, I believe in a limited government that is effective and competent in what it does. We need federal government exactly -- we need our federal government exactly for this kind of crisis.”
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