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Trump appoints three of his favorite Republicans to governors' council

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President Trump selected seven governors he will appoint to the Council of Governors. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Trump selected seven governors he will appoint to two-year stints on the Council of Governors, according to a White House statement issued Monday evening.

Among the three Republicans, three Democrats and one Independent to be nominated are some of Trump's favorite conservatives who he was endorsed by during his campaign or later befriended following the contentious election.

Republican Govs. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma; Rick Scott of Florida; and Eric Greitens of Missouri were tapped to sit on the National Governors Association board.

Fallin had been considered as a possible running mate to Trump. Scott has openly discussed his long-standing relationship with Trump and Greitens has visited him four days since taking office in January.

Across the aisle, Democratic Govs. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut, Steve Bullock of Montana and Mark Dayton of Minnesota were picked. Gov. Bill Walker, I-Alaska, was the final member nominated to the council.

Currently, the council is co-chaired by Gov. Terry Branstad, R-Iowa, and Gov. Dannel Malloy, D-Conn. Dayton and Malloy are the only sitting members who will return for another term.

It was created by former President Barack Obama in 2010 as a means for state leaders to work more closely with federal officials.