One week following Hurricane Ian, Biden will visit Florida.


WASHINGTON President Joe Biden will travel to Florida on Wednesday to assess the hurricane’s devastation. This will be his second trip this week connected to a storm.

According to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, the president will visit Fort Myers to reiterate his commitment to helping the people of Florida recover and rebuild after the tragic disaster. He will be accompanied by first wife Jill Biden.

According to her, Biden wants to speak with locals and small-business owners who were impacted by the disaster. He will express his gratitude to the federal, state, and local officials who are working to restore power, clear the area of trash, distribute food and water, and offer other life-saving aid.

Image: President Joe Biden disembarks Air Force One in Rhode Island on July 20, 2022.

Biden will receive an operational briefing on the response and recovery operations from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, state and municipal leaders, and more, according to Jean-Pierre.

Ian, a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall in southwest Florida last Wednesday and brought 150 mph gusts and storm surges as high as 14 feet, has been attributed to more than 100 fatalities.

Biden warned on Friday that Ian would probably rank among the deadliest hurricanes in American history and that recovery might take years.
After having their houses damaged or destroyed, thousands of Floridians are staying in emergency shelters, while many more continue to be without electricity.

About two weeks after Hurricane Fiona made landfall, causing an island-wide power outage and at least 25 fatalities, Biden paid a visit to Puerto Rico on Monday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has forecast above-average hurricane activity, which would mark the seventh year in a row that has been above average due to various climate-related causes. From June 1 to November 30, there is a hurricane season.

With Republican DeSantis, Biden has publicly argued. The two had spoken on the phone several times since the storm last week, but Wednesday will be their first in-person encounter since emotions over immigration and abortion access began to rise.

By bringing a planeload of migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, to protest the Biden administration’s immigration policies most recently, DeSantis angered Democrats. DeSantis has been charged by Biden with utilizing immigrants as props in his political antics.

When asked on Tuesday if Biden will seek out a chance to discuss these matters with DeSantis, Jean-Pierre replied that now is not the appropriate time to do so. There will be plenty of time afterwards.

She continued, “We are all working together.