Biden heads to Florida to witness the devastation caused by Hurricane ‘Ian’


US President extends disaster declaration issued to offer an extra month of aid and ends rivalry with Republican Governor Ron DeSantis with his visit

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday put aside political rivalry with the Republican Party, and especially with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, to witness with him the devastation wrought by Hurricane ‘Ian’ and paint a picture of unity. show for the affected population. Accompanied by the first lady, Jill Biden, the White House head has set sail from Washington to Fort Myers, the state’s southwestern city considered the epicenter of the catastrophe, where the meteor made landfall last Wednesday. came.

‘Ian’, the most destructive and deadly hurricane in Florida’s history, has killed 76 so far, according to the official balance, although the media estimates the death toll at more than a hundred. Meanwhile, rescue teams continue to search tirelessly for survivors in flooded neighborhoods as hundreds of thousands of state residents were still without electricity on Wednesday.

To meet Florida’s needs more broadly, Biden decided — before going to Fort Myers — to extend the disaster declaration issued. This will make it possible to offer another month of additional assistance paid in full by the federal government in relation to the president’s previous decree, which allowed the release of this aid for a period of only 30 days. The money will be used for debris removal, temporary shelter for victims, home repairs and loans to cover real estate and other property losses.

The White House chief plans to tour the area by helicopter this morning before meeting with local politicians and residents. He also plans to deliver a speech in the presence of DeSantis, a Republican Party rising star who is running for president in 2024 and a major critic of the Democratic president.

“They will talk about what it takes in Florida to get to a rebuilding phase,” said White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre. “There will be plenty of opportunity to discuss the differences. Now we work as if we are one,” he insisted.

Source: La Verdad


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