Biden departs for Florida, where he will meet with political adversary DeSantis to receive an update on Hurricane Ian.

President Biden left the White House on Wednesday for Florida to meet with opponent governor Ron DeSantis and survey the hurricane Ian’s devastation.

According to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, Biden will travel to severely damaged Fort Myers with first wife Jill Biden to “reaffirm his commitment to supporting the people of Florida as they recover and rebuild from the tragic hurricane.”


The president is scheduled to visit with local citizens and proprietors of small businesses who have been affected by the destructive Category 4 storm that first slammed Florida last week, according to a White House itinerary.

President Biden waves as he boards Air Force One upon departure for Florida from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, Oct. 5, 2022.
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden wave to a group of Latina women visitors on the lower balcony of the South Portico before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022.

Additionally, he plans to express his gratitude to the local, state, and federal leaders that labored to offer vital assistance to the millions of Floridians who were impacted by the enormous hurricane.

As residents attempt to return to their neighborhoods, they continue to experience power outages, persistent water levels, and ongoing rescue operations.

On Wednesday, Biden extended the federal disaster relief he had first signed on September 29 by an additional 30 days, making the direct government help package available for 60 days and “at 100 percent of the entire qualified expenditures.”

Damaged boats lie on the land and water in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Fort Myers, Florida.