Biden, DeSantis tout unity amid Hurricane Ian relief efforts

"We are cutting through the bureaucracy... we appreciate the team effort."

Published: October 5, 2022 3:56pm

Updated: October 5, 2022 4:11pm

President Joe Biden and Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday held a joint press conference outlining cooperation between Washington and Tallahassee to handle the fallout from Hurricane Ian.

The pair have long been ardent political opponents, though both took the opportunity to highlight their cooperation, following one of the deadliest hurricanes in Florida's history.

"We are cutting through the bureaucracy... we appreciate the team effort," DeSantis said of his efforts to work with Biden and the federal government, per NBC. "I'm just thankful that everyone's banded together."

"We're not leaving 'til this gets done," Biden added. The president recalled his experience surveying damage from an earlier hurricane that devastated New Jersey and the damage his own home sustained in a hurricane roughly 15 years ago.

"Today we have one job and only one job and that's to make sure that the people of Florida get everything they need to fully recover," he said. "This is the United States of America and I emphasize united." Biden went on to note his work with DeSantis to preposition relief personnel prior to Ian's arrival.

"This is about America coming together," he concluded.

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