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President Biden, Ron DeSantis Talk About Hurricane Ian: White House

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President Biden finally made contact with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Tuesday night as Hurricane Ian headed toward the Sunshine State — and the Republican later thanked Biden for the federal government’s help.

Earlier in the day, Biden called three Florida mayors whose cities are expected to brave the wrath of the storm before finally contacting DeSantis, a potential presidential candidate in 2024. The conversation between the two national figures came as Ian left the Florida peninsula. approached and could become a Category 4 hurricane.

Biden and DeSantis both discussed “steps the federal government is taking to help Florida prepare for Hurricane Ian,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. in a tweet.

“The president and governor have committed to continue to work closely together.”

DeSantis, a vocal critic of Biden’s White House tenure, told Fox News anchor Sean Hannity Tuesday night he was grateful for the federal assistance so far.

“What I said today is that my phone line is open, when people’s lives are threatened in this way, we all have to work together, regardless of party lines,” DeSantis said.

This GOES-East GeoCcolor satellite image shows the incoming storm taken at 4:26 p.m. on September 27, 2022.
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He said further assistance from the FBI will likely be focused on individual aid once the hurricane’s impact is fully understood.

“It’s my feeling that the administration wants to help,” DeSantis said. “I think they realize this is a really significant storm.”

Before contacting the first-term governor, Biden called Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch and Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard. Castor and Welch are Democrats, while Hibbard is a Republican.

During her regular press conference, Jean-Pierre said Biden held separate talks with the three mayors and “discussed planning and preparation for Hurricane Ian.”

She added that Biden also “underscored his commitment to the people of Florida and made it clear that affected communities will receive the full support of the federal government to amplify state and local emergency response efforts.”

President Biden called Ron DeSantis, the mayor of Tampa, Jane Castor, and the mayor of St. Petersburg, Ken Welch, regarding security measures to prepare for the storm.
President Biden called Ron DeSantis, the mayor of Tampa, Jane Castor, and the mayor of St. Petersburg, Ken Welch, regarding security measures to prepare for the storm.
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This GOES-East GeoCcolor satellite image was taken at 10:10 PM on September 27, 2022.
This GOES-East GeoCcolor satellite image was taken at 10:10 PM on September 27, 2022.
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Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Deanne Criswell and DeSantis were in touch Friday at the request of the president.

She urged reporters that politics plays no part in helping states dealing with disasters.

“We are going to support whatever the DeSantis Administration asks of us,” Criswell said at the briefing.

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