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Interior Secretary to meet McMaster, Cooper on sea drilling

FILE- In this Feb. 17, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster after arriving on Air Force One at Charleston International Airport in North Charleston, S.C. Fresh off the Alabama defeat of his chosen candidate to replace Jeff Sessions, Trump is again wading into southern horse-race politics, visiting South Carolina on Monday, Oct. 16, to lend his support for the campaign of McMaster, one of his earliest backers. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A top Trump administration official is traveling to the Carolinas for meetings with two governors opposed to plans to expand offshore drilling.

The U.S. Interior Department confirms to The Associated Press that Secretary Ryan Zinke is meeting Friday with South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and Saturday with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

Both McMaster and Cooper vehemently oppose Trump administration's plans to expand drilling off the coast of both of their states.

McMaster and Zinke were meeting at the Governor's Mansion in Columbia on Friday afternoon, spokesman Brian Symmes said.

Zinke and Cooper planned to meet Saturday in Raleigh, the governor's office said.

McMaster was an early supporter of President Donald Trump and has said he asking for a waiver from the administration to prevent drilling.

Cooper has promised to sue if the administration goes ahead with its plans.

Florida was granted a waiver shortly after the administration announced its plans. Other East Coast governors have voiced opposition to the proposal.

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