On Thursday, 45th President Donald J. Trump issued a statement in which he was pleased to learn that Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) plans to resign “early in his term” should he be accepted as the next president of the University of Florida.
The Nebraska senator will be interviewed by the university’s board of trustees on November 1 and, if approved, will become the 13th president of UF. He would replace Kent Fuchs, who announced in January he will step down to take a faculty position after a successor is chosen, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
“Great news for the United States Senate, and our Country itself. Liddle’ Ben Sasse, the lightweight Senator from the great State of Nebraska, will be resigning,” President Trump wrote on Truth Social.
“If he knew he was going to resign so early in his term, why did he run in the first place? But it’s still great news! The University of Florida will soon regret their decision to hire him as their President,” Trump suspects. “We have enough weak and ineffective RINOs in our midst.”
“I look forward to working with the terrific Republican Party of Nebraska to get a REAL Senator to represent the incredible People of that State, not another Fake RINO!” the 45th President concluded.
Politico reports that Sasse is likely to accept the job offer and resign from the Senate, according to those who are familiar with his plans for the future, and “Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts would then appoint a replacement for Sasse under state law.”
“The second-term Sasse made a name for himself as a consistent Trump critic in Congress as well as a reliable conservative vote.”
Sasse wrote about his excitement to work at UF in a statement Thursday, saying “UF is the most important institution in the nation’s most economically dynamic state. Washington partisanship isn’t going to solve these workforce challenges — new institutions and entrepreneurial communities are going to have to spearhead this work.”
“If UF wants to go big, I’m excited about the wide range of opportunities. I’m delighted to be in conversation with the leadership of this special community about how we might together build a vision for UF to be the nation’s most-dynamic, bold, future-oriented university,” the senator concluded.
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