The governor went on to assess that cooperation between local, state and federal partners seeking to manage the fallout from the building collapse “has been great,” telling Biden: “You guys have not only been supportive at the federal level, but we’ve had no bureaucracy.”
“I promise you,” the president replied, “there will be none.”
The exchange offered further insight into the governing partnership between Biden and DeSantis, a closely scrutinized dynamic as Florida’s first responders and officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency continue search and rescue efforts.
From a political perspective, too, the personal interactions between DeSantis and Biden on the president’s trip to Florida had been highly anticipated. DeSantis, a former conservative congressman, ascended to the governor’s office in 2018 with Trump’s endorsement, and he has remained a staunch ally of the former president.