However amid the horrific building collapse in Surfside, Florida – with the Federal Emergency Administration Company (FEMA) working facet by facet with Florida authorities on the response efforts – partisan politics melted away on Thursday because the governor and the president sat facet by facet at a briefing near the positioning of the lethal catastrophe.
“Thanks, Mr. President. And also you’ve acknowledged the severity of this tragedy from day one. And also you’ve been very supportive,” the governor mentioned as he praised Biden and the federal authorities’s efforts.
Biden highlighted the bipartisan strategy to the tragedy, saying that “we’re letting the nation know we will cooperate.”
DeSantis – a conservative congressman who was narrowly elected Florida governor in 2018 thanks partly to assist from his political ally, then-President Trump – has seen his reputation surge amongst Republican voters in Florida and across the nation, thanks largely to his steering of his state amid the coronavirus pandemic and his combative pushback in opposition to COVID restrictions.
That’s fueled hypothesis about potential nationwide ambitions and a possible 2024 Republican presidential nomination run by DeSantis.
With the 2 potential main occasion nominees within the subsequent presidential election sitting facet by facet on Thursday, the assembly was intently watched by political pundits and observers.
Whereas the Biden White Home and DeSantis and his inside circle in Tallahassee have clashed in latest months over coronavirus restoration efforts and different key points, there have been no outward indicators of disagreement on Thursday.
“You guys haven’t solely been supportive on the federal degree, however we’ve had no paperwork,” DeSantis emphasised.
“I promise you, there shall be none,” Biden responded.
Inserting his hand on DeSantis’ arm, the president mentioned that the governor and Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett “have been fully open with me” of their communications because the collapse on June 24 of the 12 story condominium tower. The demise toll stands at 18, with the search persevering with for 145 unaccounted-for individuals.
Biden mentioned that with regards to paying for the response to the catastrophe, it was possible that the federal authorities would “have the ability to choose up one hundred pc of the associated fee for the county and the state for 30 days.”
The assembly between Biden and DeSantis comes two days earlier than the previous president returns to Florida, to carry a July 4th vacation weekend rally in Sarasota.
The Republican Celebration of Florida – which is supporting the rally and may have a presence there however which isn’t formally co-hosting or co-sponsoring the occasion – strongly pushed again against a report that the governor’s workplace had requested Trump and his group to cancel the occasion within the wake of the constructing collapse.
Helen Aguirre Ferré, the Florida GOP’s govt director who beforehand served because the governor’s communications director, informed Fox Information that “we welcome the rally.”
She emphasised that “the governor is totally supportive of the rally” and she or he shot down rumors of stress between DeSantis and Trump, because the governor’s reputation amongst Republicans nationwide is on the rise.
“It’s completely unfaithful that there’s a rift,” she mentioned.