Hillsborough County Republicans got a surprise when President Donald Trump called in to their big annual fundraising event, the Lincoln Day Dinner, Saturday night.
For a few minutes, the crowd of hundreds listened raptly as Attorney General Pam Bondi, speaking to Trump on her cell phone, held it up to the mic at the podium.
Trump's message: "I'll be there fairly soon. We'll hold a special event there in the near future … We'll be in Tampa very soon."
"Pam is fantastic," he added.
Trump's promise may have had special meaning for two people in the room: Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Jacksonville, competing in the GOP primary for governor.
Trump has tweet-endorsed DeSantis in the race and DeSantis has said he expects Trump to campaign for him in Florida. Asked his reaction, Putnam said, "I don't have any idea. I would assume that any event in Tampa involves supporting our troops at CentCom and SoCom."