Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will be among those President Biden will meet with during his trip to Florida to assess damage and relief efforts from Hurricane Ian.
More than 100 people have been reported dead in Florida and North Carolina, afterlast week and traveled inland and north, according to calculations by CBS News. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Tuesday that the president and first lady will “reaffirm” the president’s commitment to Florida while at Fort Meyers.
“The President will meet with small business owners and local residents affected by Hurricane Ian and thank federal, state and local officials who are working around the clock to provide life-saving assistance, restore power, distribute food and water.” , remove debris and begin rebuilding efforts, Jean-Pierre said Tuesday.”Governor DeSantis, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell and other state and local officials will also provide the President with an operational briefing on the current response and recovery efforts.”
, Mr. Biden said he had already spoken with DeSantis several times about the massive storm and dismissed any suggestion that their political differences would affect their cooperation in helping the people of Florida. Biden said that DeSantis had congratulated him on the federal response to the storm.
“It’s not about whether or … anything to do with our political disagreements,” Biden said Thursday. “It’s about saving people’s lives, homes and businesses. That’s what it’s about. And so, I’ve been, I’ve talked to him four, five times already. And it’s not a matter of my disagreements with him about other items.”
On Monday, President and First Lady Jill Bidenwhich is still recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Fiona last month, and rebuilding after Hurricane Maria in 2017.
“He has had to endure as much and more than necessary, and he has not received the help in a timely manner,” Biden lamented in his speech on Monday. “And this latest storm dealt a serious blow to all the hard work that has been done since Maria.”