Following Friday’s deadly shooting at a Florida airport, Governor Rick Scott made a call to the incoming president, Donald Trump.
Scott told reporters that he had spoken with President-elect Trump and Vice president-elect Mike Pence several times since the shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport that left five people dead and more than a dozen injured.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he has reached out to Trump and Pence since the shooting, but not POTUS. pic.twitter.com/y8iVykaxV3
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 6, 2017
The governor was clear that he had not spoken with President Obama nor had the current president even reached out to him yet.
Trump tweeted soon after the news broke on Friday, sending “thoughts and prayers.”
Monitoring the terrible situation in Florida. Just spoke to Governor Scott. Thoughts and prayers for all. Stay safe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
The shooter, identified as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago from Alaska, was taken into custody by police after the shooting. A member of the U.S. Army National Guard, Santiago reportedly had told the FBI he was being forced to fight for ISIS.
Some Twitter users expressed outrage that Scott had not reached out to the sitting president, but others were quick to respond with reminders of Obama’s track record.
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@ABCPolitics PRESIDENT is BARACK OBAMA… the only one with legal authority to do anything at this point.
— Deepen Gandhi (@deepen915) January 6, 2017
Governor Rick Scott apparently doesn’t know we only have one president at a time. He only called Trump, who isn’t acting president…
— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) January 6, 2017
FL Gov Rick Scott said he reached out to Trump & Pence after shooting at Ft. Lauderdale airport, but not to President Obama. What an AH!
— A Once Great Nation (@USARedOrchestra) January 6, 2017
FL Gov. Rick Scott was not only disrespectful, but derelict in his duty by not reaching out to the Federal Government
— Derrick Harkins (@DerrickHarkins) January 7, 2017
@ABCPolitics Of course Obama hasn’t even tried to call.. Loser. 14 more days.
— Proud ‘Deplorable’ (@16MAGATrump) January 6, 2017
Sean Hannity Radio Show – Obama never reached out to Gov. Rick Scott during Orlando Nightclub shooting – now again today
— ⚔️DraintheSwamp?? (@BigStick2013) January 7, 2017
Florida Gov. Rick Scott: “Pres-elect Trump and VP Pence reached out to me, Obama has not.” That pretty well says who is our REAL President! pic.twitter.com/0Hh17oUM2k
— Tennessee GOP (@TEN_GOP) January 6, 2017
Why are people having a tantrum over my Gov. Rick Scott not calling Obama? Why would he? Did he help after Orlando? Scott asked him for JTF.
— Richard Baris (@Peoples_Pundit) January 7, 2017
2nd terrorist attack in Florida in under 7 months and President Obama never called Government Rick Scott for either one. #MAGA #TRUMP
— President Trump (@PresidDJTrump) January 7, 2017
Are liberals upset about radical Muslim terrorism on our soil?
They’re upset that Rick Scott called Trump and Pence.#FortLauderdale
— Henry (@hmaxwellpitts) January 7, 2017
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