LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he met privately with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in New York on Tuesday to discuss a broad range of issues.

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he met privately with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in New York on Tuesday to discuss a broad range of issues.


"It was helpful to be in a private meeting with Mr. Trump," Hutchinson said in a statement released by his office Tuesday. "This is my first opportunity to have a substantive discussion with him, and while we have differences in style and, in some cases, policy, we agree on the importance of this election."


Hutchinson said the issues he discussed with Trump included the political landscape in Arkansas and the nation’s response to recent acts of terrorism.


The meeting took place two days after a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that authorities say was carried out by a man who claimed allegiance to the militant group known as the Islamic State.


Hutchinson, who supported former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in the GOP presidential primary race before Huckabee dropped out, has been critical of some of Trump’s comments but has said he will support him if he is the party’s nominee.


Trump also invited several other Republican governors to meet with him Tuesday.