Gov. Rick Scott met with President-elect Donald Trump in New York on Thursday but won’t take a position in the new administration, confirming his earlier commitment to finish out the remaining two years in his term.
“I’m staying in Florida,” Scott told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto after the meeting.
Scott tweeted selfie pictures of him and Trump during the 30 minute meeting.
Scott was an early backer of Trump and chaired a super PAC, Rebuilding America Now, that supported his campaign. That support, along with Scott’s background as a hospital company executive who launched his political career as an Obamacare opponent, had given rise to speculation he could be named as Health and Human Services Secretary, but Scott has repeatedly said he likes his current job.
“I ran hard to get this job twice, they were both hard-fought races. I really believe in this state,” Scott told reporters last week when asked if he would take a job in the new administration. “Think about what I have the opportunity to do. We have the opportunity to get more people a job, improve education everyday, make this place a safe state. I’ll do anything I can to help president elect Donald Trump to be successful but I like this job and I want to finish this job.”
From Naples Daily News’ Arek Sarkissian, 11/17/2016:
Scott began the Republican Governors Association meeting in Orlando Monday night with a speech in which he promised to help Trump create a new health care system that would replace Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement.
Scott would bring his experience as the architect of Columbia/HCA, one of the largest hospital corporations in the country and the subject of a Medicaid/Medicare fraud investigation. That case forced Scott to resign from the company in 1997 and led to a $1.7 billion fine, the largest in history.
From Tampa Bay Times’ Alex Leary, 11/17/2016:
“I’m staying in Florida,” Scott said on Fox News when asked about a Cabinet job with the president-elect.
Scott appeared on the cable news channel following his private meeting at Trump Tower, one of numerous high-profile figures who have gone to see Trump since thestunning victory last week.
“Always fun to meet with my friend Donald Trump,” Scott said.
Host Neil Cavuto pressed Scott if he wanted to join Trump’s administration, possibly as secretary of Health and Human Services. “I’ve been very clear that I like my job,” said Scott, a former hospital executive. “I’ve got to get my stuff done.”
While ruling out a formal post, Scott said he would assist Trump in the health care overhaul and serve as a bridge between Trump and Republican governors “that have great ideas, to help him be successful.”