When death struck the Fort Lauderdale airport Friday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott reached out for help.
However, instead of calling President Barack Obama, he contacted President-elect Donald Trump firs.
“I have reached out to President-elect Trump, and spoken to him and to Vice President-elect (Mike) Pence multiple times to keep them informed, and they told me whatever resources we need from the federal government, they would do everything in their power to make that happen,” Scott said late Friday afternoon.
“I’ve not talked to President Obama,” Scott said then. “No, President Obama has not reached out to me. I have talked to President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Pence quite a few times.”
Scott was then asked by a reporter whether it would have been “appropriate” to call Obama.
“I have a personal relationship with Vice President Pence and President-elect Trump, and I reached out,” Scott replied.
Obama was later briefed on the shooting, in which five people were killed.
Scott’s choice did not please those who took to Twitter to make their feelings known.
— Kristopher cote (@CoteCotekw8) January 6, 2017
FL Gov Rick Scott reaching out to Trump and Pence(?).One president at a time. Repubs are unbelievable. Partisanship over country every time.
— Elizabeth (@ObamaPleaseStay) January 6, 2017
Some, however, had a different reaction.
Dems are outraged that Rick Scott undermined Obama by reaching out to Trump, while they continue to undermine the election results. 😂👌🏻
— Agent Elizabeth (@MissLizzyNJ) January 7, 2017
Why are people having a tantrum over my Gov. Rick Scott not calling Obama? Why would he? Did he help after Orlando? Scott asked him for JTF.
— Richard Baris (@Peoples_Pundit) January 7, 2017
Scott had reached out to Obama in the wake of the terror attack in Orlando last summer, but was rejected when he asked for emergency status.
According to news reports, Obama did not communicate personally with Scott at that time, either. But Trump did contact Scott personally at that time.
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