In the wake of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, Rick Scott received phone calls from George W. Bush and Donald Trump, the Republican governor of Florida said Tuesday. He’s still waiting on a call from President Barack Obama, however.
Speaking to Brian Kilmeade on “Fox & Friends” from Orlando, Florida, Scott shared details of both calls. During his call with the 43rd president, Scott said Bush told him that he and former first lady Laura Bush “were praying for us, and anything he could do, he would love to be helpful.”
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As far as Obama is concerned, Scott said, “He has not called us.”
“A staffer has called, but no, he has not called,” Scott added, after Kilmeade noted that Obama “was talking about guns yesterday,” speculating that the president would talk more about that angle during his visit to the city scheduled for Thursday.
Trump also called him, the governor added. “He called to just ask how I was doing, you know, like everybody else is praying for us,” Scott said of the presumptive Republican nominee, whom he endorsed following his victory in the state’s March primary.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“The Second Amendment didn’t kill anybody. Evil, radical Islam, ISIS, they killed,” Scott said. “We have to start standing up for our country. We have to say, we’re going to vet people before they come into our country. If you disagree with what our country believes in, why in the living daylights are you allowed in our country?”
Scott recalled being on a call with the White House following last November’s attacks in Paris, saying that he asked the administration to share vetting information for anyone who comes into “my state, and they said no,” with respect to refugees.