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Florida House budget chief's absence stokes rumors of ambassador appointment by Trump

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Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Trujillo was conspicuously absent Tuesday morning from a meeting of the Florida House budget committee he leads.

The reason? Word in the state Capitol was that Trujillo is away in Washington -- interviewing with President Donald Trump's administration for a potential ambassadorship to Latin America.

Reached Tuesday afternoon, Trujillo declined to comment.

The powerful budget chief was an early Trump supporter, one of only a handful of state elected officials to back his long-shot candidacy early. He's been under consideration to be ambassador to Argentina or Panama.

Another Miami lawmaker who campaigned for Trump, Republican Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, a former contestant on "The Apprentice" TV show Trump once hosted, is one of several candidates being considered to be South Florida's top federal prosecutor.

On Monday, two days after Politico reported Diaz was a finalist for the position of U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, the legislator declined to answer questions about vying for the job.

"I can't talk about that," he said.

This post has been updated.

Photo credit: C.M. Guerrero, el Nuevo Herald