Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, holds the daily press briefing at the Brady Press Briefing Room, White House, Washington, DC, on June 28, 2021. Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images
Psaki stated that Biden will not travel to the Florida area to witness the Florida building collapse.
She added that the trip would take away resources from rescue efforts.
The White House has provided federal assistance to local and state officials.
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According to Jen Psaki, White House press secretary Jen Psaki, President Joe Biden does not plan to visit the Florida area where a building collapsed. This would cause local resources to be diverted from ongoing rescue efforts.
"We want to make sure that we are not relying on local resources. Psaki stated that they don't want resources to be used in ongoing rescue and search operations. "We will continue to keep in close contact with the officials on ground."
The White House provided federal assistance to state and local officials to respond to the partial collapse of a Surfside residential building (12 stories) last Thursday, just outside of Miami.
Psaki stated that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers had deployed teams to help with debris removal, incident management, and search and rescue operations. She said that FEMA coordinates with local and state officials to establish a family assistance center, as well as provide support for communications.
Psaki stated that FEMA Administrator Deanne Kriswell was in the state to meet with Gov. Ron DeSantis briefed Biden about the situation. On Sunday, the president stated that hearing the update was "excruciating" and that his administration was ready to offer any relief.
Biden stated that it was an unbearably difficult time for families who have to deal with this tragedy. The uncertainty adds to the heartbreaking burden of those who wait in pain for news of loved ones, as rescue efforts continue after this tragic incident. My deepest sympathies go out to everyone who is going through this terrible time.
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Psaki stated that Biden supports an investigation into a partial collapse of the condo building, 40 years old, which left at least 10 dead as of Monday afternoon. More than 150 people are still missing.
Psaki stated that the goal was to find the root cause of the incident and to provide a guideline for how to prevent it happening again.
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