President Joe Biden called Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ response to Hurricane Ian “pretty remarkable” during his visit to southwest Florida. On Wednesday the President and his wife, First Lady Jill Biden went to Florida to survey the destruction wrought by the hurricane.
During the press conference, President Biden said that DeSantis had done a “pretty remarkable” job. Biden also said that while his and DeSantis’ political philosophies might not align, the two have been cooperating incredibly well to deal with this crisis.
Similarly, DeSantis also praised Biden saying that he “basically set off the massive mobilization” for relief as the White House very swiftly approved the disaster declaration issued by DeSantis.
Biden and DeSantis have recently been in conflict as the two view the migrant and border crisis differently, however, they have been united in their work to support Americans affected by Hurricane Ian.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also noted on Tuesday that there will be a time to discuss the differences between the President and the governor “but now is not the time.”
On Wednesday, Biden announced that the cost of debris removal, food and water distribution, and setting up and maintaining emergency shelters would be covered by the federal government.
During his visit to Florida, Biden also said that this is a time when the nation needs to unite and work together to help recover what is lost.
DeSantis also thanked the administration for their quick response and for showing that the “administration wants to help.”