(PartiallyPolitics.com) – On Saturday Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis appeared to have snubbed President Joe Biden who visited the state following Hurricane Idalie. However, Republican Senator Rick Scott praised the president’s response to the hurricane.
On Wednesday Idalia made landfall in Florida as a Category 3 hurricane, with winds that were approximately 125 miles per hour. The storm surges were also considered to be unsurvivable in several areas. The storm has resulted in at least two deaths, while there are around 278,000 residents who have lost power as a result of the weather conditions.
On Saturday Biden went on a tour of several parts of Florida in order to survey the damage caused by the Hurricane. However, DeSantis did not meet with Biden despite the Biden administration’s claims that the two men were planning to have a meeting.
Biden, when asked by reporters, responded by stating that DeSantis was not going to be at the meeting. DeSantis’ spokesman told USA Today that for the governor to make this visit they would need to take many resources away from the recovery efforts which are currently heavily impacted by the storm. This response had many similarities to the one Biden had given about why he delayed visiting Maui following the devastating fires that destroyed parts of the island.
However, the White House had originally claimed that there would be a meeting with Biden and DeSantis. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator Deanne Criswell also pointed out that due to the limited impact, this had been the mutual agreement they had made.
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