A spokesperson for Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday that there are no plans for the Republican to meet with President Joe Biden when he travels to Florida on Saturday, contradicting comments Biden made earlier in the day indicating they would.
“We don’t have any plans for the Governor to meet with the President tomorrow,” DeSantis spokesperson Jeremy Redfern told CNN Friday. “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.”
Biden had told CNN earlier Friday that “yes,” he did plan to meet with the Florida governor while surveying damage from Hurricane Idalia in the state over the weekend. The conflicting statements between Biden and DeSantis’s team represent the most public sign of discord between the two men in the wake of Idalia.
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Gov. DeSantis’s press secretary says he won’t meet with President Biden in Florida tomorrow. “We don’t have any plans for the Governor to meet with the President tomorrow,” Jeremy Redfern says. “In these rural communities, and so soon after impact, the security preparations alone…
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) September 1, 2023
Kinzinger: Desantis, at the cost of the benefit to Florida, has decided his political campaign cannot have him meet with Biden, the president of the United States, who ultimately will be signing the checks that Florida is going to be begging for pic.twitter.com/5ZFJDxEvi8
— Acyn (@Acyn) September 2, 2023
Thank you @POTUS for showing Floridians true leadership and for your support. As for @RonDeSantis choosing to not join you, he is simply reinforcing what a small, petty, despicable person he is.https://t.co/5G10Klv01m
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) September 1, 2023