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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ response to a CNN reporter went viral on social media. The Republican was responding about his decisions during the passage of Hurricane Ian.
Correspondent Nadia Romero’s question was prompted by media criticism of Lee County’s decision not to issue a mandatory evacuation order until Tuesday.
“Why do you stand behind Lee County’s decision to not have that mandatory evacuation until the day before the storm?” asked Romero.
When questioned, DeSantis responded, “Well, where was your industry stationed when the storm hit? Were you guys in Lee County? No, you were in Tampa”.
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The governor explained that the reports they received about the storm did not show Lee County as being affected by Ian and that is why their strategy focused on Tampa and why citizens were hesitant to evacuate.
“But I think part of it was, so much attention was paid to Tampa, a lot of them thought they wouldn’t get the worst of it but they did, and I think it is easy to second-guess them. But they were ready for it the whole time and made that call when [it] was justifiable to do so,” DeSantis said.
The reporter insisted that Lee’s neighboring counties issued mandatory evacuation orders earlier. And DeSantis replied, “I think it’s easy to say in hindsight. We had most of our supplies stationed in the Tampa Bay area. As that track moved, we shifted our response further south as well.”