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Gov. DeSantis meeting with Trump official, billionaire, and lunching at the Coral Gables Biltmore

By: - April 17, 2019 11:48 am
Ron DeSantis

Florida Republican governor-elect Ron DeSantis claps during the 2018 Senate organizational session Tuesday, Nov. 20, in Florida’s Capitol building in Tallahassee. Lieutenant Governor-elect Jeanette Nunez sits beside him. CD Davidson-Hiers/Florida Phoenix

Gov. Ron DeSantis is meeting today  – for the second time in two weeks – with National Security Adviser John Bolton, who has been counseling the governor about the situation in Venezuela.

The meeting is at the swank Biltmore Hotel Miami in Coral Gables, according to the governor’s schedule.

The governor and first lady will also attend a luncheon marking the 58th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion. DeSantis and Bolton were scheduled to address the gathering.

DeSantis and the hawkish Bolton last conferred on April 10, when the governor’s schedule included 30 minutes for a telephone chat. DeSantis communications director Helen Aguirre Ferré told the News Service of Florida at the time that they discussed Venezuela.

Today’s discussions topics likely include Venezuela and the Trump administration’s plans to lift the suspension of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act. The move would allow U.S. citizens to sue companies and individuals over confiscation of property by the Cuban government.

“Gov. DeSantis has regular conversations with Ambassador Bolton on issues of concern for Florida, most of it related to events within the hemisphere,” Ferré said via email.

DeSantis and members of the Legislature have called for the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro following a disputed election and a crackdown on his political opposition. Last month, the governor and First Lade Casey DeSantis hosted Fabiana Rosales, opposition leader Juan Guaido’s wife.

Later today, DeSantis was scheduled to be back in Tallahassee, where he has a scheduled  meeting with billionaire Vincent Viola, a financier who owns the Florida Panthers. Forbes estimates Viola’s net worth at $2.8 billion

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Michael Moline
Michael Moline

Michael Moline has covered politics and the legal system for more than 30 years. He is a former managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal and former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal.