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Gov. Scott to have lunch with Trump, meet with Kelly

@PatriciaMazzei

Florida Gov. Rick Scott will have lunch Thursday with President Donald Trump, according to both men's schedules.

The private lunch will be held at 1 p.m. at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, N.J. The president doesn't have any public events planned Thursday.

Before sitting down with Trump, Scott is scheduled to meet at 12:15 p.m. with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, the former head of U.S. Southern Command in Miami.

On Wednesday, Scott denounced white supremacists and indirectly challenged Trump's contention that there were "fine people" joining neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan groups during a violent rally over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va. Scott said there is no "moral equivalency" between the racist groups and counter-protesters, as Trump indicated, but did not directly criticize the president, as other local Republicans did.

"Last week, President Trump invited Governor Scott to lunch," Scott spokesman John Tupps said in a statement. "As Governor Scott always does when he meets with administration officials, he is going to advocate for priorities important to Florida families. Florida taxpayers send billions of dollars to Washington and Governor Scott always wants to make sure issues important to Florida are at the forefront."

This post has been updated with Tupps' comment.

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