Trump to visit Tampa for Ron DeSantis, Rick Scott next week

President Donald Trump as a 2016 candidate at the South Florida Fairgrounds. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

President Donald Trump has scheduled a July 31 rally in Tampa.

He’ll promote U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in the Aug. 28 Republican primary for governor against Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam — following up on a December tweet praising DeSantis and a “full endorsement” of DeSantis in June.

Donald Trump Jr. campaigned for DeSantis in Orlando last week.

Trump, who’ll be appearing at the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds, will also make a pitch for Gov. Rick Scott‘s bid for U.S. Senate against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson — identified in a Trump campaign announcement as “Ben Nelson.” Former Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Florida’s Sen. Bill Nelson were often mistaken for each other when their Senate careers overlapped from 2001 to 2013.

Scott’s campaign didn’t immediately say whether the governor will attend.

The Trump campaign says the Tampa event will be Trump’s 36th rally in Florida since he launched his presidential campaign in 2015.

In May, Trump phoned in to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi at the Hillsborough County GOP’s Lincoln Day dinner and said he’d be “in Tampa very soon.”

Trump’s last Florida visit was in April, when he wrapped up a Mar-a-Lago stay that included a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.