Morrisey joins colleagues in D.C. for talks with Trump administration

WASHINGTON (WTAP) - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is in Washington this week for meetings with the Trump administration on a number of issues, chief among them the opioid crisis.

Morrisey and attorneys general from several other states and U.S. territories met with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and new U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Monday as part of the the National Association of Attorneys General winter meeting.

Morrisey said the meetings have focused mostly on the opioid epidemic and the challenges faced by states. Border control, human trafficking and other issues have also been discussed.

He said communication with federal officials is a key to finding solutions that work.

"We were talking about some of the ways we're trying to partner up with the federal government,” Morrisey said. “Because they learn from us. We learn from them. And having regular information flow back and forth between local, state and federal officials is really important for the state of West Virginia and our country."

Meanwhile, Morrisey and a group of his colleagues urged the Senate on Tuesday to enact legislature to end robocalls and spoofing.

The push comes during national Consumer Protection Week.

More than 48 billion robocalls were made in 2018, making them the Nov. 1 source of consumer complaints to federal officials.