President Trump called on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to run for Senate Friday during an event where he announced a change in United States policy toward Cuba.
After praising Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., Trump turned to Scott and began urging him to run for Senate in 2018 against Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.
"I also want to thank my good friend, and just a man who was of tremendous support in the state of Florida, for being with us — Gov. Rick Scott," Trump said. "Great job. He's doing a great job."
"Oh, I hope he runs for the Senate. I know I'm not supposed to say that. I hope he runs for the Senate," Trump said. "Rick, are you running? Huh?"
"I don't know, Marco, come on. Let's go. We got to get him to," Trump said. "I hope he runs for the Senate."
Scott has long been mentioned as a possible challenger for Nelson, who is one of 10 Democratic incumbents up for re-election in 2018 in states won by Trump. In the past, Scott has said a run is an "option," but cautioned that he doesn't feel any pressure to take the plunge.