President Donald Trump on Thursday encouraged Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) to run for the U.S. Senate seat that is now held by Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.
During a tour of Florida’s damage from Hurricane Irma, Trump took time out to praise Sen. Marco Rubio (R). But Rubio appeared to cringe and grimace slightly when Trump tried to touch his shoulder.
“What do I know?” Trump said, turning to the cameras. “But I hope this man right here, Rick Scott, runs for the Senate.”
While Scott would not oppose the existing GOP senator from Florida, it was unclear if the governor is Rubio’s first choice. Scott suggested during the 2016 election that his millionaire friend, Carlos Beruff, deserved a shot at Rubio’s seat.
Watch: While standing next to Marco Rubio, Trump says he hopes Rick Scott runs for Senate https://t.co/9cThL4c0S9
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) September 14, 2017