Biden And DeSantis’ Controversial Meeting

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

During President Joe Biden’s Wednesday visit to Fort Myers, Florida, to survey damage caused by Hurricane Ian, the President praised Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for his “pretty remarkable” job.

Speaking at a press conference, Biden shared his praise for DeSantis, saying, “What the governor’s done is pretty remarkable,” before elaborating, “I think he’s done a good job.”

Biden acknowledged he and DeSantis’ “very different political philosophies” but explained that they had set those aside and had been in “complete lockstep” when dealing with the crisis.

DeSantis, a frequent critic of Biden’s, returned the kind words by crediting the President for setting in motion a “massive mobilization” of relief efforts when the White House expediently approved DeSantis’ request for a disaster declaration.

Neither Biden nor DeSantis mentioned the ongoing immigration feud the two have been embroiled in, promising they would be “working as one” in the wake of Hurricane Ian’s destruction.

On Tuesday (October 4), before Biden’s visit to Fort Myers, White House Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters, “There will be plenty of time to discuss differences between the president and the governor, but now is not the time.”

Biden had previously expressed his outrage at DeSantis’s decision to fly 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., calling the move a “political stunt,” but didn’t publicly express ill-will toward DeSantis during the pair’s first face-to-face meeting since the migrant relocation.

Instead, Biden appeared to mend fences in his address discussing political differences, saying, “At times like these, our nation comes together, put aside our difference—our political differences and get to work. We show up when we’re needed. Because if we lost our home, if we lost a loved one, we’d hope that people would show up for us as well.”