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In the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre on Sunday, President Obama has left Florida’s governor hanging.
Gov. Rick Scott said a White House staffer has called but there has been no direct communication from the president, in an interview with Brian Kilmeade on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” on Tuesday. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi had also indicated her disappointment in the president’s lack of direct contact with Florida’s officials.
However, former president George W. Bush did reach out to Scott.
“He said he and Laura were praying for us,” Scott said, “and anything he could do, he would love to be helpful.”
The Florida governor said that he even received a call directly from presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. Scott said Trump asked how he was doing and “like everybody else, he’s praying for us.”
Everybody else, it seems, except perhaps Obama who is expected to arrive in Orlando on Thursday.
But it is not enough for the Governor who says he is “fed up” with the administration’s stonewalling. Citing a call he made to the White House following the terrorist attack in Paris in November, Scott said he was told Florida law enforcement could not receive federally vetted information on people entering the state.
“What about our security rights?” Scott asked.
“I’m responsible for the security of the people in my state,” he said. “I’m fed up with the fact that we’re not destroying ISIS, we’re not vetting these people and we’re not taking care of our own citizens.”
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