It’s been a big weekend for Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who joined President Donald Trump for lunch and dinner in Washington, D.C., on Saturday after landing a key Republican Governors Association post on Friday.
Scott on Friday was selected vice chairman of the RGA for the remainder of 2017, filling the slot that Nikki Haley vacated when she stepped down as South Carolina governor to become U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. As vice chairman, Scott will play a leading role in recruiting Republican gubernatorial candidates and raising money for them across the U.S. — and, coincidentally, build his own fundraising network for an expected 2018 race against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.
On Saturday, Scott and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had lunch at the White House with Trump.
The White House described it as a “working lunch…to discuss how best to solve the problems of Obamacare, with a special emphasis on the states’ role in healthcare.”
Scott told Twitter followers it was a “great meeting with my friend @realDonaldTrump today on reinventing great health care in our nation!”
On Saturday night, Benny Johnson of Independent Journal Review reported on Twitter that Scott was among those Trump joined for dinner at his Trump International Hotel a few blocks from the White House..
At the table with Trump and Scott were Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, as well as Nigel Farage, the former U.K. Independence Party leader and Trump backer. Farage posted a “Dinner with The Donald” photo on his Twitter account that shows Scott at the table.
Johnson reported that Farage wasn’t invited but “squeezed in at last second.”