First state dinner of Trump presidency includes Louisiana's governor

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and his wife are preparing for a big night in Washington, DC.

They’re invited to the first state dinner of the Trump administration. Our Washington reporter Alana Austin dishes on why Louisiana is in the mix.

The American and French flags are on display on Pennsylvania Avenue this week. Governor John Bel Edwards acting as an ambassador of sorts - bringing a taste of Louisiana to DC.

Edwards says Louisiana is very proud of its strong ties to French culture and food. He believes that link is why he and his wife, Donna, will be at an exclusive White House dinner Tuesday with French President Emmanuel Macron.

The diplomatic special event was arranged by First Lady Melania Trump.

Edwards says he’s appreciative that during the planning, Louisiana was clearly in mind.

“The meal tonight - the plan is to serve a jambalaya and so we have a good idea that there’s a real strong connection between the state of Louisiana and the country of France," said Edwards.

Edwards is expected to be one of the only Democratic officials at the state dinner.

While Edwards is in town, he also meets with Louisiana’s congressional delegation and federal officials about state infrastructure needs.

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