Tim Walz was a notable absentee at a bipartisan meeting of incoming governors with President Donald Trump on Thursday.
Minnesota's governor-elect was not among the 13 new governors from both parties who met with the president, among them soon-to-be Wisconsin governor Tony Evers.
In a statement emailed to media, Walz's spokesperson Kayla Castaneda said: "The governor-elect is in Minnesota building his incoming Administration and is unable to attend the meeting at the White House."
Walz's office has been overwhelmed with applicants interested roles in his new administration, with his office saying it's received almost 1,500 applications since he was elected last month.
Nonetheless his decision to skip the meeting with the president disappointed at least one state Republican, Deputy House Leader Anne Neu (R-North Branch).
"I'm disappointed that Governor-elect Walz chose not to join 13 of his newly-elected colleagues – Democrats and Republicans alike – for a meeting with President Trump today in Washington," she said in a press release.
"Minnesota needs a strong relationship with our partners at the federal level – including President Trump – as we work on issues like health care, infrastructure, combating the opioid epidemic, public safety, and more."
Walz's presence in Minnesota building his administration also had implications on a vote taken in the U.S. House on Wednesday – you can read more about that here.