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Joe Biden, Ron DeSantis make nice while touring Florida town devastated by Hurricane Ian

President Biden and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis put politics apart Wednesday as they toured storm injury within the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, certainly one of Florida’s deadliest and costliest storms in a long time.

The president, together with first woman Jill Biden, surveyed the injury alongside Florida’s west coast through helicopter earlier than touching down in Fort Myers, Florida, the place they had been greeted by Mr. DeSantis and his spouse, Casey DeSantis.

The meeting introduced two political rivals collectively simply weeks forward of the essential midterm elections. Mr. DeSantis, a possible 2024 GOP presidential contender, has often sparred with Mr. Biden on points starting from immigration to help for the LBTQ group and COVID vaccine mandates.

Those variations weren’t on show amid the particles and wreckage of Fort Myers.

Mr. Biden even complimented the Republican governor.

“I think he’s done a good job,” Mr. Biden mentioned in response to a reporter’s question about Mr. DeSantis’ storm response. “We worked hand in glove. We have very different political philosophies … On things related to dealing with this crisis we’ve been in complete lockstep.”


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Mr. DeSantis additionally hailed the Biden administration’s response to the storm, saying Florida is getting what it wants from the federal authorities.

“I want to thank President Biden and Jill Biden, as well as [FEMA] Administrator Deanne Criswell for coming down here looking at really, really significant damage here in Lee County,” Mr. DeSantis mentioned. “We were very fortunate to have good coordination with the White House and with FEMA from the very beginning of this.”

Later, throughout a speech, Mr. Biden introduced that he’s doubling the size of time the federal authorities will cover all the prices related to the search, rescue, particles removing, and sheltering to 60 days from 30 days.

Mr. DeSantis, who didn’t be a part of the president for his remarks, requested the extension final week.

The two political rivals spoke a number of occasions earlier than and after the storm as Mr. Biden issued a serious catastrophe declaration for Florida, which raises the quantity of federal funding obtainable to assist the state get better.

Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida as a Category 4 Storm, devastating companies and leaving thousands and thousands with out energy. At least 100 individuals have died as a result of storm and the injury is anticipated to be within the tens of billions of {dollars}.

Mr. Biden promised Floridians that his administration received’t abandon them.

“We’re not leaving until this gets done. I promise you that,” he mentioned. “And it’s going to take a lot of time, not weeks or months, it’s going to take years to get everything squared away in the state of Florida.”

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