President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaPoll: More than 6 in 10 oppose ObamaCare repeal Jake Tapper falls — no, leaps — into Trump’s trap Perez: Trump's proposed budget cuts ‘a disaster’ MORE and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) will have lawyers at their side when they meet in the Oval Office on Thursday afternoon.
The presence of the attorneys is significant because the Obama administration is considering filing a lawsuit against Arizona's controversial new immigration law.
"Once I knew their legal counsel was going to be there, I invited my legal counsel to be there," Brewer said.
In the wake of criticism from the Arizona attorney general about the bill she signed into law, Brewer hired private attorney John Bouma to defend it.
Brewer suggested she will not back down in her meeting with Obama: "We're prepared to defend [the Arizona law] all the way to the Supreme Court."
The Arizona governor said neither Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderPerez and Ellison an unlikely duo to help Democrats start winning Report: Uber exec resigns after failing to disclose past sexual harassment accusation Perez wins bid to lead Democratic Party MORE nor Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has contacted her since her state's border security bill was enacted. She agreed with Van Susteren that their lack of communication was "odd," adding that the administration's lack of response to her letters on border security is "very, very frustrating."
Brewer said Napolitano will not be attending the Thursday meeting in the Oval Office, telling Van Susteren that she will be "out of the office tomorrow." Brewer succeeded Napolitano as governor of Arizona.
She added it was "ludicrous" for Holder and other administration officials to criticize the state law when they admitted last month they had not read it.