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WH: 'Hopefully' President Obama can talk with Gov. Scott on Thursday



White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked today why Gov. Rick Scott has not heard directly from President Obama.

"Well, first of all, the President has had the opportunity to speak with Buddy Dyer, who is the mayor of Orlando," Earnest said at the daily briefing. "Other senior White House officials have been in touch with Governor Scott directly, and there have been a number of conversations between Obama administration officials and their counterparts in Florida to ensure that we are effectively coordinating the efforts of federal authorities with state and local authorities as well.

"So that is an important principle here, to make sure that all our efforts are concentrated on investigating this situation, getting to the bottom of it, but also standing in solidarity with a community that's grieving.  And, as we announced last night, the President will be traveling to Orlando on Thursday. And, as we always do, we will invite the governor to be a part of the President's arrival. And hopefully the President will have the opportunity to see Governor Scott there."

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 3:48pm]


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