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'The First Term of Donald Trump Will Be Judged by Job Creation'

The Republican mayor of Oklahoma City, Mick Cornett, talks to CityLab about streetcars, immigration, and the nation’s 45th president.
Mayor Mick Cornett of Oklahoma City speaks at the 85th meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which he currently heads.
Mayor Mick Cornett of Oklahoma City speaks at the 85th meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which he currently heads. U.S. Conference of Mayors

Oklahoma City’s Republican mayor, Mick Cornett, has been something of a wary observer of Donald Trump’s ascendence since CityLab spoke with him at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last year. Since then, a lot has changed. Donald Trump has gone from being the Republican nominee to president-elect, and today, president. And in Oklahoma City, which is growing fast and trying to attract new residents, the reality of a Trump presidency comes with challenges and opportunities.

Cornett is also the president of the the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which was in Washington, D.C. for the organization’s 85th meeting this week. CityLab caught up with him for a conversation, the highlights of which are below.