Ron DeSantis thinks Lloyd Austin should have been fired for not disclosing cancer treatment
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'There has got to be accountability.'

Florida’s Governor is telling New Hampshire Republicans that he would have fired the Defense Secretary were he President.

Ron DeSantis was answering a question about Lloyd Austin’s health woes on Wednesday, when he expressed sympathy for the 70-year-old battling with prostate cancer, but suggested the lack of disclosure for the medical episode would have been a dealbreaker in his White House.

“I feel sympathy that he has health issues but for him to not tell the Commander in Chief, if that happened to me as President, I would fire the Secretary of Defense as a result of that,” DeSantis said in Derry.

“This is the chain of command. We have different contingencies that happen. There has got to be accountability,” he added.

President Joe Biden did not fire Austin, of course, and nearly three weeks out from the secretary’s hospitalization, it’s pretty clear he won’t.

DeSantis believes Austin’s non-disclosure reflects poorly on the White House.

“I don’t think it reflects well on him. But what does that say about the President of the United States that no one thought that he needed to know? Or maybe there was no reason, they thought, to let him know that the Secretary of Defense was in the ICU.”

The Governor went on to say Biden “is not in charge,” repeating his previous argument that “the president of the United States is effectively whoever is feeding the teleprompter on a daily basis.”

He said he would be a “new sheriff in town,” and would be “a President that is very disciplined, methodical, strategic about how to use the levers of power to be able to effectively ensure that we govern ourselves in this country because right now the bureaucracy thinks it can do what it wants.”

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


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  • Desantis lacks compassiom

    January 17, 2024 at 7:45 pm

    The difference between Ron DeSantis and Joe Biden is clear. Joe Biden has compassion and cares about the American people and people in general. DeSantis does not. He only feels good when he’s complying to authoritarianism.

    • Tom

      January 18, 2024 at 8:09 am

      I’m surprised he didn’t divorce his wife when she had breast cancer by his rational.

  • Elmo

    January 17, 2024 at 8:27 pm

    Coming from a guy who’s committed so many fireable offenses. So laughable.

    • MH/Duuuval

      January 17, 2024 at 9:28 pm

      Instead voters gave him another four years to squander.

  • My Take

    January 18, 2024 at 12:01 am

    Didn’t Runty disappear for a week or two?

  • Impeach Biden

    January 18, 2024 at 6:49 am

    Austin should have been fired for his handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal. I do wish him well on his recovery.

  • Dont Say FLA

    January 18, 2024 at 7:15 am

    And Rhonda should have resigned due to his run that was there for about two years prior to his announcement of his running.

    Instead, the Florida state legislature placed Rhonda above the law where he didn’t have to resign.

    How do us law abiding peons look from way up there, Rhonda? Make sure you take a good look. It’ll be the last time you ever look down on anybody.

  • Impeach Biden

    January 18, 2024 at 7:36 am

    Huh? So DeSantis is partly to blame for the Afghanistan withdrawal debacle? Easy on the bong my friend. So anyone that served during that era is to blame as well. You obviously did not serve.

    • Michael K

      January 18, 2024 at 8:40 am

      What about what about what about

      • Impeach Biden

        January 18, 2024 at 4:32 pm

        What about Mayorkas then? Why isn’t that idiot in jail? You continue to ignore the truth. Now have some more of that Joe Biden kool-aid.

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