Biden to Meet DeSantis in Florida to Survey Hurricane Ian Damage

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden will meet with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis while he is in the state to help with the cleanup after Hurricane Ian.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed that Biden will meet with the Republican governor, who is often a political opponent, in Fort Myers while he and first lady Jill Biden look at the damage caused by the storm.

Jean-Pierre said that Biden will meet with small business owners and other people in the area who were hurt by the historic storm. He will also thank the people in charge who are helping save lives, restoring power, and cleaning up the mess.

“Gov. 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,” Jean-Pierre told reporters.

But when asked if DeSantis would join Biden at any public events, Jean-Pierre dodged the question by saying that the governor has a “busy schedule” and that she couldn’t say “where he’s going to be at every step of the way.”

On Wednesday, Biden and DeSantis will meet in person for the first time since the governor ordered migrants to be flown from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, a move that Jean-Pierre called a “political stunt.”

“Obviously the president laid out his concerns and outrage by the stunt,” she said, adding: “There will be plenty of time to discuss differences between the president and the governor but now is not the time.”

Biden and DeSantis took a break from politics to help with Hurricane Ian, which is shaping up to be one of the deadliest and most expensive storms to hit Florida in decades. As a Category 4 storm, Ian destroyed the coast and left millions without power when it hit. The storm has killed at least 100 people.

Before and after the storm, Biden and DeSantis’s leaders talked on the phone several times. Biden also made emergency declarations. Biden signed a major disaster declaration for Florida on Saturday. This makes more money available to help the state get back on its feet.

“As I’ve made clear: At times like these, our nation comes together, put aside our political differences and get to work,” Biden said Monday as he spoke about his upcoming trip. “We show up when we’re needed. Because if we lost our home, if we lost a loved one, we’d hope that people would show up for us as well.”

DeSantis has thanked the Biden administration for its emergency declarations, praising “FEMA’s responsiveness to this disaster.”

Over the weekend, the White House put out a fact sheet about how the government was helping with Hurricane Ian. The White House said that more than 3,400 federal response workers are on the ground in Florida, and the Army Corps of Engineers has sent more than 550 people to check on the safety of bridges, roads, and other infrastructure needs.

Biden went to Puerto Rico, which was hit by Hurricane Fiona last month, just a few days before he went to Florida.

On September 18, a Category 1 storm hit the island. Most of the people who lived there lost power, and at least 13 people died. At the time of Biden’s visit, more than 100,000 people still didn’t have power more than two weeks after the storm.

During his trip to Port of Ponce on the south side of Puerto Rico, Biden announced that the federal government would give the island more than $60 million to help it get ready for extreme weather after Hurricane Fiona.

Biden said at the Port of Ponce, “Puerto Rico is a strong place, and Puerto Ricans are strong people.” “But even so, you have had to bear so much and more than need be, and you haven’t gotten the help in a timely way.”

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