Washington Post reporter Hannah Dreier is accused of misleading the public about the response of Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis. on the collapse of a residential building in his state
On Saturday, Dreier posted on her Twitter account about FEMA’s response to Thursday morning’s collapse in Surfside, Florida. According to a FEMA statement, she concluded that DeSantis had waited twenty-four hours for the “deacon”. It is important to provide emergency assistance to victims.
“There is a word on emergency management: the first 24 hours are only 24 hours,” she tweeted. “FEMA is ready to deploy to the collapsed condo almost immediately. and include the crisis in the daily briefing but not authorized by Gov. DeSantis to visit the area for a full day.”;
The FEMA account states that there were no requests for assistance from FEMA within twenty-four hours after the collapse, however, the report added more context to the account.
On Sunday, DeSantis spokesperson Christina Pushaw responded to the tweet, claiming that Dreier omitted important details from her tweet. She also added that Dreier had not asked her or DeSantis to comment prior to her post.
“This is an important context that is missing. @hannahdreier Never asked me to comment,” Pushaw tweeted. “Emergency response started within minutes of the disaster led by incredible Miami Dade County first responders. County mayor signs local emergency [declaration] 4:40 & @GovRonDeSantis signed. [executive order] less than an hour later”
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She also posted documents proving that Miami-Dade County’s state of emergency was not signed by Democratic Mayor of Miami-Dade Daniel Levine Kawa until 4:33 p.m. ET. Twelve hours after the initial meltdown, DeSantis signed an emergency order around 5:32 p.m. ET, less than an hour later.
Other reports also suggest that more than seventy local units were sent to the scene immediately after the collapse. Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett was cited about the response team. “We have no resource issues. We have a problem with luck.”
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Pushaw stated that she contacted Dreier to request the revocation. but have not received a reply.
The official death toll of the collapsed building has risen to nine as of Sunday, with about 152 still missing as rescue teams continue to explore the area. There is no official reason why the building collapsed. But there is a 2018 engineering report showing that the building has “Major structural damage” to concrete slabs under the pool deck required extensive repairs.