Biden promise to Hurricane Ida survivors: Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has questioned President Biden’s promise not to spare Hurricane Ida, compared to his promise to evacuate Americans stranded in Afghanistan.
“Joe Biden told those who survived the hurricane ‘not to be left behind, which would be words of consolation if he did not say exactly the same thing last week, and then backed away – leaving hundreds of Americans in Afghanistan,” Meadows tweeted Thursday. “Then now. Biden’s words are empty.”
Biden was severely criticized for his chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, eventually failing to evacuate every American from the country, despite numerous promises from the administration that the U.S. military would evacuate those who wished to leave.
Biden spoke directly with Americans on the Gulf Coast, where Hurricane Ida made its first earthquake in a statement released Thursday.
“My message to the people of the Gulf Coast that I am going to visit tomorrow: we are here for you,” Biden said. We will ensure that the response and recovery are reasonable to ensure that those who are severely affected can get the resources they need and not fall behind.”
White House officials did not respond to a comment request immediately.
At least 43 people were reported dead when historic rains linked to Hurricane Ida hit northeastern states Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
At least 13 people have been confirmed dead in New York City due to extreme weather, including a 2-year-old boy, a 48-year-old woman, and a 50-year-old man. House in the Jamaican neighborhood of Queens.
Authorities say at least 23 people have been killed in New Jersey. The city mayor and a spokesman told local media that four people had died in an apartment complex in Elizabeth. Others were in vehicles overtaken by water during the flood.
Four were killed in Montgomery County, a suburb of Pennsylvania. Connecticut State Police and local officials said the state trooper on duty was washed away in his cruiser and later taken to hospital. A 19-year-old man was also found dead in Maryland.
Speaking to reporters Thursday afternoon, President Biden said he had spoken with New York Governor Kathy Hochul and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and would like to speak with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.
“We want to extend my heartfelt thanks to all first responders and to everyone who worked well into the night to save lives and gain energy,” the president said.
“There is a lot of damage. I made it clear to the governors: the Federal Emergency Management Agency, my team at FEMA is ready to provide all the assistance needed,” Biden said.