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Rick Scott and Donald Trump to meet Thursday in New York

 
Florida Gov. Rick Scott at a June campaign rally for Donald Trump in downtown Tampa. Scott meets with Trump in New York on Thursday. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
Florida Gov. Rick Scott at a June campaign rally for Donald Trump in downtown Tampa. Scott meets with Trump in New York on Thursday. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
Published Nov. 17, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott is traveling to New York today to meet face to face with President-elect Donald Trump.

Scott has already spoken to Trump three times since Election Day, but the meeting today will give the governor a chance to congratulate him on his victory in person and offer his help to "reinvent the federal government," Scott's spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said.

Scott earlier this week praised having Trump in the White House and said the two have known each other for 20 years.

Scott has brushed off questions about whether he would join a Trump administration, repeatedly saying he is focused on his job as governor, which runs through 2018.

Scott, who quit his job as CEO of Columbia/HCA in 1997 as the company was under investigation for Medicare and Medicaid fraud, is rumored to be under consideration for secretary of health and human services.

Amid a primary field of candidates that included former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio, Trump found one of his few early Florida supporters in Scott, who became chairman of Trump's super PAC.

The two have much in common. Both are wealthy. Both reinvented themselves as self-styled outsiders who were able to tap into a conservative populist backlash against career politicians.

During his visit, Scott might bump into Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Another early supporter of Trump, Bondi is a member of his transition team and in the running to serve in his administration.