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story.lead_photo.caption Gov. Eric Greitens addresses members of the media during a Thursday news conference in his Missouri Capitol office. It was Associated Press Day at the Capitol and members of the Missouri Press Association attended the afternoon event to ask questions of the first-term governor. Photo by Julie Smith / News Tribune.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- President Donald Trump says he intends to appoint Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to the Council of Governors.

A White House news release Monday said Trump wants to appoint Greitens and six other governors from Oklahoma, Connecticut, Montana, Minnesota, Alaska and Florida to the 10-member council.

Greitens is the only newly elected governor on the list. But he frequently touts connections and conversations with the president and Vice President Mike Pence on social media.

The Council of Governors was created in 2010 and is tasked with advising the president on the National Guard of the states, homeland defense and civil support.

Former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was appointed by Barack Obama to serve a two-year term on the council in 2014.

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