Governor Rick Scott Makes Faux Pas with Spain's King

By: Laura Wides-Munoz, AP
By: Laura Wides-Munoz, AP

Miami, FL (AP) -- May 24, 2012 --

Apparently Florida Gov. Rick Scott decided not to ignore the elephant in the room.

Scott met this week in Madrid with Spanish King Juan Carlos and repeatedly asked about the monarch's recent and controversial elephant hunt in Botswana. The 74-year-old king injured his public standing by going on the expensive hunt while the rest of Spain faces a major financial crisis. He also injured his hip.

In videos of the encounter, Scott joked he'd ridden elephants but never tried to shoot them.

And he told the king he needed a better tale than saying he hurt his hip getting out of bed.

The king laughed uncomfortably.

Scott was in Spain to drum up business for Florida. He returned Thursday, saying he'd had a positive meeting with the king.

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