View of a harmed residential or commercial property after the arrival of Hurricane Idalia in Horseshoe Beach, Florida, August 31, 2023.
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President Joe Biden standing in front of a house harmed by a fallen tree stated it was “but for the grace of God” the damage wasn’t even worse.
“No winds this strong hit this area in one hundred years,” Biden stated, speaking in Live Oak, Florida. “Pray God it will be another hundred years before this happens again.”
Biden and very first girl Jill Biden took a trip to Florida on Saturday to survey the damage done by Hurricane Idalia and consult with residents and healing workers. The president stated he’s directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to do “everything they can” to assist reconstruct.
Idalia hit Florida’s Big Bend area on Wednesday as a Category 3 storm, resulting in extensive power interruptions and flooding. The White House has actually gotten in touch with Congress to supply $16 billion in substitute financing to boost FEMA’s catastrophe relief fund which the firm stated will be tired in the very first half of September if it is not renewed. Speaking Saturday in Florida, Biden when again gotten in touch with Congress to act.
“These crises are affecting more and more Americans, and every American regularly expects FEMA to show up when they are needed,” Biden stated. “I’m calling on the United States Congress — Democrats and Republicans — to ensure the funding is there.”
Biden at first stated he would consult with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, whom he’s spoken with so often in the wake of Idalia that the president joked Thursday, “There should be a direct dial.” In a declaration Friday night, nevertheless, Jeremy Redfern, a spokesperson for DeSantis, stated the guv did not have strategies to consult with the president, mentioning security problems.
“In these rural communities, and so soon after impact, the security preparations alone that would go into setting up such a meeting would shut down ongoing recovery efforts,” Redfern stated.
Speaking to press reporters en path to Florida, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell stated the White House and guv’s workplace equally settled on the place for Biden’s check out previously today and stated no security issues were voiced at that time or prior to the declaration from DeSantis’s workplace was launched.
DeSantis, who is looking for the Republican election for president, has actually been a strong critic of Biden, however the 2 have actually come together in the past. Biden consulted with DeSantis after Hurricane Ian in 2015.
Biden in his remarks noted he has actually remained in “frequent touch” with DeSantis throughout the storm and its consequences, including “the governor was on top of it.”