Gov. Scott, Trump to touch on reinventing federal government

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) –Florida Governor Rick Scott and President-elect Donald Trump are expected to touch on ideas to “reinvent the federal government” during a meeting Thursday.

Governor Scott along with Lt. Governor Carlos López-Cantera are scheduled to meet with Trump in New York at 1 p.m.

They day before the scheduled meeting, Governor Scott tweeted out a message about his hopes for the meeting.

His visit comes as Scott says he is considering running for the U.S. Senate. The governor has said he’s not interested in a potential job in the Trump administration, but didn’t lay out any kind of timetable for a decision and instead said that he would continue to focus on his current post.

As for Trump, he is deepening his focus on national security with other planned meetings Thursday including one with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. It’s Trump’s first get-together with a world leader as president-elect.

He was also meeting with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who is said to be among Trump’s potential picks to lead the State Department.

Trump’s team was essentially starting its transition planning from scratch after scrapping much of the preliminary work New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie conducted during the campaign. After winning the election, Trump demoted Christie and put Vice President-elect Mike Pence in charge.

The result has been a series of new additions to the transition team and several departures, mainly among those aligned with Christie.

Pence on Thursday huddled with House Republicans on Capitol Hill and was also scheduled to meet with Democratic leaders. Lawmakers said part of Pence’s mission was to tell fellow Republicans that the transition effort was proceeding smoothly, despite reports of chaos and infighting.

CBS Miami/AP


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