Florida Gov. Rick Scottdeclared a state of emergency for all 67 counties in the state on Monday afternoon and spoke with President Donald Trump by telephone late Monday night as Category 4 Hurricane Irma barrels westward with Florida in its potential path.
Part-time Palm Beach resident Trump and Scott spoke at 10:20 p.m. Monday, according to the governor’s office.
“Just spoke to @POTUS – he offered the full resources of the federal government as Floridians prepare for Hurricane Irma,” Scott tweeted afterward.
Even after Donald Trump beat two Florida favorite sons to win the state’s Republican presidential primary, then captured the GOP nomination and the White House itself, the president and his supporters are seen as an exotic species by many in the Republican Party.
The Palm Beach County GOP has appointed a “Trump outreach coalition chair” and the Republican Party of Florida has encouraged the formation of local “Trump Republican Clubs” around the state to try to persuade Trump supporters to turn out for GOP candidates in 2018 when Trump himself isn’t on the ballot.
“A lot of these (Trump) voters were not Republicans and the whole goal is to convert them to Republicans and get them engaged as Republicans,” explains Joe Budd, an early Trump supporter who’s now the Republican state committeeman for Palm Beach County.