President Donald Trump taps Gov. Rick Scott for advisory panel

Gov. Rick Scott and President Donald Trump in the White House in February.

In another sign of the tight bond between President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the president on Monday named Scott to a bipartisan governors’ panel that exchanges information and advice with the federal government on homeland security and other issues.

The Council of Governors, set in motion by a 2010 executive order by former President Barack Obama, includes 10 governors, with no more than five from one party. According to the executive order, the council deals with:

“(a) matters involving the National Guard of the various States;

(b) homeland defense;

(c) civil support;

(d) synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States; and

(e) other matters of mutual interest pertaining to National Guard, homeland defense, and civil support activities.”

Also appointed to the council by President Trump on Monday were Republican Govs. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma and Eric Greitens of Missouri; independent Gov. Bill Walker of Alaska; and Democratic Govs. Daniel Malloy of Connecticut, Steve Bullock of Montana and Mark Dayton of Minnesota.

 

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