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President Trump, with Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), attended a meeting on infrastructure with governors and mayors at the White House last June. (Michael Reynolds/EPA). President Trump’s vulgar comments disparaging Haiti, El Salvador and African countries reverberated across the country Friday — including one immigrant-rich state central to the GOP’s political fortunes where the party was already facing head winds: Florida. Trump’s reference to “shithole countries” in an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers Thursday sent Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a close ally the president is courting to run for the U.S. Senate, scrambling to distance himself from the controversy. Republican lawmakers issue... Full story

13 January