With only token opposition in the GOP primary to see who challenges U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., in November, Gov. Rick Scott will be focused on South America this week.
On Monday, Scott’s office announced that he will be headed to Colombia on Tuesday to attend incoming President Ivan Duque’s inauguration. Scott will also be meeting with Venezuelans opposed to to the Maduro regime leading that South American nation who have been exiled to Colombia. The Florida Republican will also focus on expanding economic ties between Colombia and the Sunshine State.
Scott’s office also showcased the governor’s record in Tallahassee when it comes to working on South American issues.
“Governor Scott has been a strong advocate for Latin America during his time in office,” the governor’s office noted. “He has led trade and business development missions to Panama, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina, and has visited Puerto Rico seven times following the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. Governor Scott has also stood in direct opposition of Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro and his efforts to rob the people of Venezuela of their liberty. Working with the Florida Legislature, Governor Scott fought for and secured legislation to prohibit any state agency from doing business that benefits the Maduro regime.”
Scott’s office also added that the governor met with President Donald Trump in Tampa when the president took to the stump to help Florida Republicans and talked about Latin American issues.
“The governor spoke with President Trump about two important foreign policy subjects – Cuba and Nicaragua,” Scott’s office noted. “The governor and the president discussed what the United States is doing to support the people of Nicaragua. On Cuba, the governor asked the president to direct the Department of State to fully implement his Cuba policy to make sure that all Cuban military entities are denied any possible revenue from the United States.”
Recent polls show Scott with a slight lead over Nelson.
Kevin Derby can be reached at Kevin.Derby@floridadaily.com.