Ron DeSantis lauds Joe Biden for hurricane cooperation, but omits key details

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The Governor didn't tell the whole story.

Ron DeSantis may not be a fan of Joe Biden’s policies, but even the Florida Governor had to admit the President has been helpful to his state in the wake of natural disasters.

“You know, Democrat in the White House with the media who would love to do it. You know, he could have tried to politicize it. I’ll give him credit. He didn’t try to politicize it,” DeSantis said, regarding Biden’s response to 2022’s Hurricane Ian.

Indeed, the President signaled cooperation, saying “the federal government will be here until it’s finished.” And DeSantis matched Biden’s amicability, telling a Fox News host that he had the “sense that the administration wants to help.”

“But you’ve got to be willing to work together to help folks. And so I think the response from local, state, and federal has been pretty seamless. And I think that’s a testament,” DeSantis added in a second Fox interview. “That we as a country can get things done when it counts.”

Biden and DeSantis had worked together in the wake of the Surfside condo collapse also, but that collaborative spirit didn’t recur from the Governor after 2023’s hurricane hit Florida.

DeSantis refused to meet the President when he came to the state in the wake of Hurricane Idalia, setting up the awkward optics of the state and federal chief executives not interfacing after that disaster.

And the two bickered long-distance over climate change after not meeting.

When Biden claimed that “climate change” contributed to tropical turbulence, DeSantis demurred, saying that storms had strafed Florida historically and that the  “notion that somehow hurricanes are something new” is “just false.”

“We’ve got to stop politicizing the weather and stop politicizing natural disasters,” DeSantis said last year.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


13 comments

  • Dont Say FLA

    January 5, 2024 at 7:21 am

    Rhonda didn’t pray that hurricane away? Why not?

  • MH/Duuuval

    January 5, 2024 at 10:42 am

    Then there’s the matter of Dee turning away a billion dollars in federal funding due to Florida because of, what?

    This is partisan dwarf-man-ship.

    • MH/Duuuval

      January 5, 2024 at 10:48 am

      From today’s online Orlando Sentinel:

      DeSantis-led Florida has rejected $11 billion in federal funding in recent years

      Not one billion dollars, but eleven. Which would do a lot for struggling Floridians as well as those one paycheck away from disaster.

      • TJC

        January 5, 2024 at 1:27 pm

        But to accept help is to admit needing it, and DeSantis (like Rick Scott before him) says “We don’t need no stinkin’ help from the feds.”
        Except the Covid relief money, he took all of that he could get, and still brags about how much money is in the State coffers. (Money his administration failed to distribute to help renters, for example.)

        • DEBRA

          January 5, 2024 at 9:05 pm

          89000 dead of covid that we are aware of. He denies science. How about that quack Dr Ladapo???

      • Dont Say FLA

        January 5, 2024 at 1:51 pm

        For the MAGGAs, that “one paycheck away” that leads to disaster would be a first paycheck if they actually got a job and had to work.

        • MH/Duuuval

          January 5, 2024 at 4:39 pm

          The MAGA cheats didn’t seem to have a problem taking COVID funds.

          Which is one reason why MAGAmites don’t want the IRS to have additional manpower.

        • The Dude

          January 5, 2024 at 8:18 pm

          I believe you are referring to many of your Demo voters. The ones that do the smash and grabs and now crash and grabs. Don’t think those hooligans are Repubs but go ahead and attempt to spin it.

          • DEBRA

            January 5, 2024 at 9:08 pm

            Seriously? Please take a look at your leader? Desantis lies every time he opens his mouth. Trumps has 100 indictments. I can’t respect anything they say.

          • MH/Duuuval

            January 6, 2024 at 12:26 pm

            The Dude imagines that smash and grab hooligans are voters? Only in MAGA World…

          • Dont Say FLA

            January 8, 2024 at 10:05 am

            Smash and grabbers vote? I did not realize they were so civic minded. Thanks Dude!

  • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Advisor" American

    January 5, 2024 at 5:40 pm

    Well Good evening America,
    I’m so proud of Ron for not stooping to the Chris Christy homertestical Hug Christy gave Obama in Fats Christy’s $ex On The Beach Man Fantisy on that New Jersey Beach after some tiny windstorm named Sandy.
    Ron’s our Man.
    EPA

  • Jojo

    January 6, 2024 at 7:50 am

    DeSantes sounds amazed because we all know he would definitely politicize it- what else would you call not meeting with the president of the United States when he’s coming to give federal aid?

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