Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
“We can confirm that the governor will not attend the Sarasota meeting. He spoke to President Trump, who agreed that this was the right decision, as it is the governor’s job to be in Surfside to make sure the families and community get what they need in the wake of the crash. the tragic collapse of the building,” press secretary Christina Pushaw said in a statement. a statement to The Hill.
“Governor DeSantis would have gone to this event under normal circumstances. He is sure the rally will draw a large crowd over this holiday weekend as many Floridians are excited to participate,” she added.
The news that DeSantis skipped the rally was first reported by The New York Times.
Earlier this week, the governor’s office had a report that said it urged Trump’s team to postpone the rally due to ongoing recovery efforts in Surfside.
Dozens of people remain missing for more than a week after the building collapsed. Officials have confirmed that at least 22 people have died, and President BidenJoe BidenOregon’s COVID-19 Vaccination Rate Hits 70 Percent Biden names US ambassador to Germany candidate Balance/Sustainability — Presented by NextEra Energy — Locusts are winning the heat wave MORE visited the area on Thursday to mourn with the families of those affected.
DeSantis “focuses on his duties as governor and the Surfside tragedy, and has never suggested or asked to cancel events scheduled in various parts of Florida — from the Stanley Cup finals to President Trump’s rally,” said DeSantis. the governor’s office in a statement Wednesday, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
“He wants all Florida residents to enjoy the holiday weekend and celebrate Independence Day as they please while keeping Surfside families and first responders in their prayers,” the statement added.
Trump spokesman Liz Harrington claimed the rally was far enough from the disaster site so that it would not distract from rescue efforts, the Herald-Tribune reported.
“Like all Americans, President Trump extends his deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones or have been displaced by the terrible tragedy at Surfside,” Harrington said, according to the paper.
However, the Sarasota event is on the other side of the state, 3 1/2 hours away, about the same distance from Boston to New York, and will not affect recovery efforts. In fact, President Trump ordered his team to collect relief supplies for Surfside families both online and on-site during the Sarasota rally,” she added.
DeSantis, a potential candidate for 2024, appeared next to Biden during his visit to Florida this week, with the president thanking the GOP governor and other Republican and Democratic leaders for their work after the building collapse, saying, “Everyone is on the same team.”