Biden to meet with DeSantis in Florida as he surveys Hurricane Ian damage


President Joe Biden will meet with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday as he visits the state in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed Biden will meet with the Republican governor, who has often been a political adversary, as he and first lady Jill Biden assess the storm‘s damage in Fort Myers.

There, Jean-Pierre said, Biden will meet with small business owners and local residents impacted by the historic storm. He will also thank officials who are providing life-saving assistance, working to restore power and are removing debris.

“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 Jean-Pierre deflected when asked if DeSantis would join Biden for any public remarks, saying the governor has a “busy schedule” and she couldn’t speak to “where he’s going to be at every step of the way.”

R&I – FS

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