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Dennis Ross reflects on Air Force One visit with Trump

President Donald Trump and Rep. Dennis Ross aboard Air Force One on Feb. 6, 2017

Rep. Dennis Ross, Facebook

President Donald Trump and Rep. Dennis Ross aboard Air Force One on Feb. 6, 2017



Congressman Dennis Ross got the sweetest ride to Washington on Monday: A trip on Air Force One after President Donald Trump's visit to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

"We had a nice talk just about everything," the Lakeland Republican recalled in an interview from the Capitol on Tuesday. "He’s just a down-to-earth guy’s guy. He’s the kind of person that looks at life with as sense of optimism and he wants people to be successful. He wants this country to be successful. And he’s a deal maker."

Ross, who was served a lunch of beef stir-fry, said he and Trump discussed the Florida election and Trump's executive order on immigration, which Ross fully supports.

"Could it have been done different? Probably so," Ross said. "Could there have been others consulted? Probably so. Now that’s in the courts and we’ll see how that’s decided."

Ross may have been the first member of Congress to fly on Air Force One with Trump. He posted a photo on Facebook and wrote:

"I was honored and proud to speak with President Trump today about the issues affecting our nation and, especially, District 15. There is going to be a lot of hard work ahead of us, but we are on our way to creating jobs, securing our border, reforming our tax code, and better protecting our country and its people."

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 10:02am]


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