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Rick Scott: 'Not interested' in job with Trump but will help him overhaul Obamacare

Gov. Rick Scott and Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Nov. 17, 2016

Rick Scott, via Twitter

Gov. Rick Scott and Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Nov. 17, 2016



Gov. Rick Scott flatly said Thursday he is not interested in a position with Donald Trump's administration, though told Trump in a meeting in New York that he would help "rewrite Obamacare" and "redesign the government."

"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."

Cavuto introduced Scott as someone who "delivered the Sunshine State for Mr. Trump" and Scott replied, "I always believed he would win," noting their similarities as businessmen outsiders who upended politics.

Scott confirmed this week he is looking at a 2018 challenge to Sen. Bill Nelson.

[Last modified: Thursday, November 17, 2016 5:00pm]


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