Republican Gov. Rick Scott of Florida said on Jan. 6 that he contacted President-elect Donald Trump, but not President Barack Obama, after a mass shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport left at least five people dead, and eight more injured (video below).
"I have reached out to President-elect Trump, and spoken to him and to Vice President-elect [Mike] Pence multiple times to keep them informed, and they told me whatever resources that we need from the federal government, they would do everything in their power to make that happen," Scott said at a press conference, notes WCBS.
However, Trump will not be sworn in as president for two weeks, and currently has no legal power to provide anything from the federal government.
Scott said that Obama had not called him, and defended his decision to call Trump and Pence, who are currently private citizens: "I have a personal relationship with Vice President Pence and President-elect Trump, and I reached out."
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However, CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller tweeted: "Pres Obama phoned FL Governor & Broward County Mayor about airport shooting. Assured them federal authorities will assist investigation."
Blasting News notes that Scott was mocked by several Twitter users:
"Rick Scott" Two term Florida "fraud" governor does not understand chain of command deliberately reaches out to Trump who is NOT POTUS.
Governor Rick Scott forgets [POTUS] is not [Donald Trump] and politicizes a tragedy. Disgraceful.
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Pence tweeted out the standard "thoughts and prayers" message after the Florida shooting: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and our first responders in Fort Lauderdale, FL."
The New York Daily News noted in December 2015 how Republicans offered various versions of the "thoughts and prayers" messages after the San Bernardino, California, shooting, but opposed gun control laws.