White house Press secretary confirmed that the two leaders will meet during Tuesday’s daily press briefing. She said Mr. DeSantis, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell and “other state and local officials” will provide Biden with an operational briefing on current response and recovery efforts.
She also said the visit to Fort Myers, Florida by Mr Biden and first lady Jill Biden will serve to “reinforce his commitment to support the people of Florida as they recover and rebuild from the devastating storm”.
Ms Jean-Pierre added that Mr Biden will also meet with “small business owners and local residents affected by Hurricane Ian” and “thank the federal, state and local officials who are working around the clock to provide life-saving assistance and restore power, distribute food and water, remove debris and begin rebuilding efforts”.
The meeting between Mr. Biden and Mr. DeSantis comes as the Florida governor has avoided criticizing the president, who is usually one of his top political targetsfor his leadership of the federal response to the hurricane.
Last week, the two leaders committed to “continued close coordination” on response to and recovery from Ian, which left thousands in Florida without power with many homes destroyed and communities shattered beyond recognition.
Biden said at a FEMA briefing last week that he had spoken to the governor “four or five times already” at that point, noting that Mr DeSantis – a potential 2024 challenger – had thanked him for the “immediate response” of the federal government. government. He said the Florida governor said he was “extremely pleased with what was going on”.