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Rick Scott says Florida has a friend in Donald Trump

Gov. Rick Scott and President elect Donald Trump posed for a selfie together in New York on Thursday.

Gov. Rick Scott and President elect Donald Trump posed for a selfie together in New York on Thursday.

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TALLAHASSEE — Since taking office in 2011, Gov. Rick Scott has had strained relations with the occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington D.C.

Lawsuits and big policy confrontations, not cordial phone calls to the Oval Office, have characterized Scott's limited interactions with President Barack Obama.

But with Donald Trump's Nov. 8 election, Scott will suddenly have a White House ally who the Republican governor says will undoubtedly pay dividends for Florida.

"I think we are going to see good change," Scott told reporters Tuesday in Orlando.

Specifically, Scott said he expects the federal government to now do more to address toxic algae blooms, provide a faster and better response to disaster declarations, allocate more resources to fight Zika and end legal showdowns on a variety of issues.

"When we have a problem and need a solution, at least we have someone to talk to," Scott said of Trump.

Scott met with Trump on Thursday in New York — the fourth time he's spoken to Trump since Election Day. Compare that to the three times Scott has spoken to Obama for the entire year, even as Florida battled Zika, two hurricanes and the emotional aftermath of the Pulse nightclub killings.

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[Last modified: Friday, November 18, 2016 6:19pm]

    

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