Florida Gov. Rick Scott was in Palm Beach Gardens for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday about 17½ miles from his friend and political ally, President Donald Trump, who’s staying at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach this week.
But Scott, an early cheerleader for Trump’s 2016 presidential bid who was publicly urged by Trump to launch a U.S. Senate bid, didn’t meet with the president Tuesday and appears unlikely to do so this week.
After meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Tuesday and today, FAA advisories suggest Trump will fly to Key West for a few hours on Thursday and return to Mar-a-Lago through Sunday.
Palm Beach Post staff writer Sarah Peters asked Scott campaign spokeswoman Lauren Schenone if the governor has any plans to see the president while he’s in the Sunshine State.
“Looked into your questions and the Governor has preplanned campaign events throughout the state as well as out of state events this week,” Schenone responded.
Scott, who officially launched his challenge of Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson last week, has been positioning himself as a Washington outsider. He emphasized congressional term limits to rid Washington of “career politicians” in his campaign kickoff speech last week and in his debut TV ad this week.