President Biden lastly linked with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday night time as Hurricane Ian barrels in the direction of the Sunshine State — and the Republican later thanked Biden for the federal authorities’s assist.
Earlier within the day, Biden referred to as three Florida mayors whose cities are anticipated to face the wrath of the storm earlier than lastly touching base with DeSantis, a possible presidential candidate in 2024. The speak between the 2 nationwide figures got here as Ian nears the Florida peninsula and will turn into a Class 4 hurricane.
Biden and DeSantis each mentioned “the steps the Federal authorities is taking to assist Florida put together for Hurricane Ian,” stated White Home Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre in a tweet.
“The President and the Governor dedicated to continued shut coordination.”
DeSantis, a vocal critic of Biden’s White Home tenure, told Fox News anchor Sean Hannity Tuesday night time he was appreciative of the federal help to date.
“What I stated immediately is my telephone line’s open, when folks’s lives are in danger like this all of us have to work collectively no matter celebration traces,” DeSantis stated.
He stated additional assist from the feds would probably be geared towards particular person help as soon as the affect of the hurricane is absolutely clear.
“It’s my sense that the administration desires to assist,” DeSantis stated. “I believe they notice that it is a actually important storm.”
Earlier than reaching out to the first-term governor, Biden phoned Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch and Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard. Castor and Welch are Democrats, whereas Hibbard is a Republican.
Throughout her common press briefing, Jean-Pierre stated Biden held separate calls with the three mayors and “mentioned planning and preparation for Hurricane Ian.”
She added that Biden additionally “underscored his dedication to the folks of Florida and made clear that impacted communities could have the complete help of the federal authorities to reinforce state and native emergency response efforts.”
Federal Emergency Administration Company Administrator Deanne Criswell and DeSantis have been in contact Friday on the behest of the president.
She insisted to reporters that politics has no function in helping states going through disasters.
“We’re going to help no matter Gov. DeSantis asks of us,” Criswell stated on the briefing.