Ron DeSantis turns his ire on Joe Biden instead of Covid-19 as it rages in Florida
Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has a message for President Joe Biden: He's not getting out of the way even as his rejection of masking and public health guidance risks fueling his state's raging Covid-19 cases.DeSantis relished the chance to climb on a national stage to battle Biden on Wednesday, after the President accused him and Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott -- who preside over the two states with most new infections over the past week -- of worsening a pandemic that once seemed to have abated.
President Joe Biden took a jab at one of his foremost critics and prospective 2024 challengers Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, playing as if he didn't recognize who the Republican is.
"Governor who?" Biden responded with a smirk on Thursday when asked to respond to recent comments DeSantis made about battling the federal government's COVID-19 strategy. "That's my response."
Biden and DeSantis, along with their proxies, have engaged in a public spat in recent days, with the president and White House press secretary Jen Psaki blaming DeSantis's pandemic-related policies for the increase in COVID-19 infections and related hospitalizations in his state.
Jen Psaki blasts Gov. Ron DeSantis for fundraising off his ongoing spat with the White House over COVID-19 restrictions
"I want public health officials to make decisions about how to keep my kids safe - not politicians," Psaki said during Friday's news briefing."As the parent myself of two young children, I want public health officials to make decisions about how to keep my kids safe - not politicians," Psaki said at her news briefing. "And not only is Gov. DeSantis not abiding by public health decisions, he's fundraising off of this. So my view, and our view as an administration, is that parents in Florida and parents across the country should have the ability and knowledge that their kids are going to school and they're in safe environments.
BIDEN POINTS FINGER AT GOP GOVERNORS AND POSSIBLE 2024 RIVALS FOR PANDEMIC RESURGENCE
President Biden laughs when asked about criticisms from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis:
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"I say to these governors: Please help. But if you aren't going to help, at least get out of the way," Biden said in a speech Tuesday, referring to DeSantis and Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. "The people are trying to do the right thing. Use your power to save lives."
Psaki beckoned DeSantis to “join us in this fight" on Wednesday, tweeting about Florida's increase in coronavirus indicators and slamming the governor's restriction on local mask mandates.
"If you aren't going to abide by public health guidance, then get out of the way and let people do the right thing to lead in their communities," she said.
Florida is among the states worst hit by Covid-19, with cases rising sharply in recent weeks. The Biden administration has been vocal in its opposition to policies like DeSantis’, saying governors who aren’t following public health guidelines should “get out of the way” of efforts to control the spread of Covid-19. In response, DeSantis said he is purposefully standing in the way of what he called “lockdown policies," blasting the president’s handling of the coronavirus. On Friday, tensions continued to escalate in the press briefing room.
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DeSantis shot back at the criticism on Wednesday, accusing Biden of trying to "single out" Florida.
“Why don’t you do your job? Why don't you get this border secure? And until you do that, I don’t wanna hear a blip about COVID from you, thank you,” he said of Biden.
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