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Florida reacts to Donald Trump's inauguration

Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Melania Trump looks on during the 58th Presidential Inauguration Friday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Melania Trump looks on during the 58th Presidential Inauguration Friday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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January

Donald Trump is now president of the United States.

Here is how Florida politicians reacted to his inauguration:

Gov. Rick Scott, who campaigned for Trump and was on hand for the inauguration:

Scott also dropped a quote about Trump into his announcement Friday morning that Florida businesses created 237,000 jobs in 2016.

"Today, as we proudly welcome a new president who will make job creation a top priority across our nation, we stand ready to fight for another great year of economic growth in Florida," Scott said in the statement.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes:

Former Gov. Jeb Bush, who lost to Trump in the Republican primary:

Republican Party of Florida Chariman Blaise Ingoglia said in a statement: "The road to the White House was not an easy one, but regardless of where political loyalties lie, the peaceful transfer of power for this nation is a meaningful and historic day.  We are grateful to the millions of grassroots leaders and volunteers that worked arduously for this moment and for their unwavering passion of a government accountable to the people."

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami:

Congressman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami:

Congressman Tom Rooney, R-Naples:  "I am confident that this newly-unified government can put America back on track and I am thankful to the American people for putting their trust in our party. I am looking forward to working with our new President and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advance our agenda which protects individual freedoms through a smaller government that actually listens to the will of the people. I am praying Donald Trump is a successful president for our country because with his success comes our country’s success."

State Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah:

State Rep. Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah:

State Sen. George Gainer, R-Panama City:

Former House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, a Republican:

Democrats reacted as well, some giving a parting word of support to President Barack Obama.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston:

Congressman Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton:

State Rep. Joe Geller, D-Aventura, used the occasion to announce a bill (HB 311) that would grant Florida's votes in the electoral college to the winner of the national popular vote, rather than the statewide winner. "The results of the 2016 Presidential Election showed that the Electoral College system is outdated and antiquated, and is anti-democratic, being contrary to the rule of one person, one vote," he said in a statement.

[Last modified: Friday, January 20, 2017 12:54pm]

    

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