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Rick Scott addresses military transgender ban, Jeff Sessions

In Jacksonville Wednesday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott gaggled with local press after an event announcing $30M in proposed raises for state law enforcement in his next budget.

The gaggle afterwards was more wide-ranging, however, and included queries about President Donald Trump‘s proposed ban of transgender people from the military, as well as the fate of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Gov. Scott was not willing to go especially deep in addressing the latest issues regarding his “partner in the White House,” hewing to generalities and avoiding specific criticisms.

Regarding the announced ban of transgender people in the military, Scott avoided any specific comments as to whether or not the President is right.

“I do know the President’s worried and focused on the safety of all Americans, and I do know that he relies on his military leaders to make decisions. I don’t know the details of that,” Scott said.

When asked about the disconnect between Trump’s commitment to LGBT rights in the campaign and the ban announced via Twitter, Scott noted that he didn’t know the details of the policy change Trump tweeted out.

“I do know that when I talk to him, he cares about the safety of all Americans and I do know he does rely on military leaders to make decisions.”

“With regard to appointees of the President,” Scott continued, “those issues he works on with his own appointees — we all have a way of doing that. I do that with my appointees. I work to make sure everybody knows what my expectations are.”

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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