On Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) dismissed rumors that there was a “civil war brewing” between himself and former President Donald Trump (R) over the Republican party’s 2024 presidential nomination. DeSantis made the comments in response to a question during a press conferenceMore
On Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) dismissed rumors that there was a “civil war brewing” between himself and former President Donald Trump (R) over the Republican party’s 2024 presidential nomination.
DeSantis made the comments in response to a question during a press conference about Florida’s recovery efforts from Hurricane Ian.
“We just finished this election, okay?” DeSantis said. “People just need to chill out a little bit on some of this stuff. I mean, seriously, we just ran an election. We have this Georgia runoff coming, which is very important for Republicans to win that Georgia runoff.”
“I mean, I know around the country, Florida was kind of the biggest bright spot, it was not so bright in many other parts of the country,” he continued. “It was a substandard performance given the dynamics that are at play.”
“So at the end of the day, I think what we showed in Florida is just produce results, lead with conviction,” DeSantis said. “I never put my finger in the wind or took polls, I just did what I thought that was right. But what the election gives us the opportunity to do is to continue to deliver. And so we’re going to continue to deliver, we’re not going to look back. And I think that that’s very, very significant.”
“But what I think Florida has shown is that, you look at all the problems that the country is having with the inflation, the open border, all these different things, a lot of failures,” he added. “Florida is an example that you know what, you can get the big things right, you can get things right.”
DeSantis concluded by saying he was focused on how his state could lead the country in governing.
“You know, the good thing about winning a big victory, we’ve got super majorities in the legislature now, and really, I think have an opportunity to continue great momentum,” he said.
On Thursday, the Senate voted 72 to 25 to pass legislation that would fund the federal government through mid-December and send an additional $12.35 billion in aid to Ukraine.
The bill, which passed the Senate shortly before government funding was scheduled to expire at midnight on Friday, is now on its way to the House and then to President Biden for his signature.
“The tranche of aid for Ukraine comes after Congress has already approved about $54 billion in two previous packages,” The New York Times reported. “When it is enacted, the investment in Ukraine will be the highest amount of military aid the United States has committed to any country in a single year in nearly half a century, since the Vietnam War.”
“It would provide $4.5 billion for a fund dedicated to supporting the Ukrainian government, and $3 billion for weapons, equipment and other military support,” The New York Times added. “It also would provide $1.5 billion to replenish American weapons already sent to Ukraine, and $2.8 billion for the Defense Department.”
In addition to the $12.35 billion in new aid to Ukraine, the bill also authorizes a separate $3.7 billion in presidential drawdown authority to allow President Biden to send American weapons and equipment to Ukraine. Biden has used his presidential drawdown authority to provide approximately $12.5 billion in American weapons and equipment to Ukraine since August 2021.
Notably, Biden still has not used the remaining $2.1 billion in presidential drawdown authority to transfer weapons to Ukraine that Congress already approved in another aid bill passed in May, which has an expiration date of September 30.
During a CBS News interview that aired on Sunday, Democrat President Joe Biden said that it was “much too early” to decide if he was running again for president in 2024.
“Sir, are you committed to running again, or are there certain conditions that have to be right?” CBS News host Scott Pelley asked.
“Look, if I were to say to you, I’m running again, all of a sudden, a whole range of things come into play that I have– requirements I have to change and move and do,” Biden responded. “And it’s much too early to make that kind of decision. I’m a great respecter of fate. And so, what I’m doing is I’m doing my job. I’m gonna do that job. And within the timeframe that makes sense after this next election cycle here, going into next year, make a judgment on what to do.”
“You say that it’s much too early to make that decision,” Pelley responded. “I take it the decision has not been made in your own head.”
“Look, my intention as I said to begin with is that I would run again. But it’s just an intention,” Biden answered. “But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen.”
BREAKING: Joe Biden Refuses to commit to 2024 run on 60 Minutes: “Look, my intention, as I said, to begin with is that I would run again. But it's just an intention. But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen.” pic.twitter.com/W5DhBCQ0i9
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) September 19, 2022
Biden’s comments mark a shift in language as he has repeatedly stated previously that he intends to run in 2024. In fact, Democrat New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney was forced to backtrack on similarly saying last month that it is “too early to say” if Biden is running in 2024.
Meanwhile, Biden’s support has fallen dramatically among Democrats. According to a recent CNN poll, 75 percent of Democrats want someone else as the Democratic nominee in 2024, while only 25 percent support Biden.
Bill Clinton’s former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, 76, an op-ed in The Guardian over the weekend saying that President Biden’s age has led to “dwindling capacities” and Biden should not run again in 2024.
“At 79, Joe Biden is the oldest president in American history. Concerns about his age top the list for why Democratic voters want the party to find an alternative for 2024,” Reich wrote, in part. “I don’t think this reflects an ‘ageist’ prejudice against those who have reached such withering heights so much as an understanding that people in their late 70s and 80s wither.”
“I speak with some authority. I’m now a spritely 76 — light years younger than our president. I feel fit, I swing dance and salsa, and can do 20 pushups in a row. Yet I confess to a certain loss of, shall we say, fizz,” Reich continued. “Joe Biden could easily make it until 86, when he’d conclude his second term. After all, it’s now thought a bit disappointing if a person dies before 85. Three score and ten is the lifespan set out in the Bible. Modern technology and Big Pharma add at least a decade and a half.”
“It’s not death that’s the worrying thing about a second Biden term. It’s the dwindling capacities that go with aging… I often can’t remember where I put my wallet and keys. Certain proper nouns have disappeared altogether. Even when rediscovered, they have a diabolical way of disappearing again,” he added. “Biden’s secret service detail can worry about his wallet, and he’s got a teleprompter for wayward nouns, but I’m sure he’s experiencing some diminution in the memory department.”
Reich concluded with: “Joe, please don’t run.”
Reich is not the first former White House official from a Democratic administration to say that Biden’s mental capacity has diminished. Former White House physician Ronny Jackson, who served under former Presidents Obama and Trump, said last year that Biden’s mental health was “only going to get worse.”
“And I’ve been saying that it’s only going to get worse, and guess what? We’re watching that happen right before our eyes right now,” Jackson said during a Fox News interview. “And I’m at the point right now where, you know, I went from, you know, telling people, we should be concerned about what might potentially be going on, to now saying, hey, what is happening right now?”
“Where are the people in our academic medicine that were out there calling for President Trump to have a cognitive test? Where are these people?” Jackson added. “There’s something seriously going on with this man right now. And you know, I think that he’s either gonna, he’s either gonna resign, they’re going to convince him to resign from office at some point in the near future for medical issues, or they’re going to have to use the 25th Amendment to get rid of this man right now. There’s some serious stuff going on right now.”
Two more staffers are leaving Vice President Kamala Harris’ office in a continuation of an exodus of staffers that has reportedly been driven by “Concern about being permanently branded a ‘Harris person.’”
Politico, citing two people familiar with the matter, reported that Meghan Groob was leaving her position as Harris’ director of speechwriting. At the same time, Rohini Kosoglu, one of Harris’ longest serving aides, will depart in August, according to The New York Post.
“The exits of Groob and Kosoglu mean that at least 13 key staffers have left the VP’s team in as many months, including chief of staff Tina Flournoy, chief spokesperson Symone Sanders, deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh, deputy chief of staff Michael Fuchs, communications director Ashley Etienne, director of digital strategies Rajun Kaur, director of advance Karly Satkowiak, deputy director of advance Gabrielle DeFranceschi, director of press operations Peter Velz, deputy director of public engagement Vince Evans, speechwriting director Kate Childs Graham — who Groob was hired to replace — and national security adviser Nancy McEldowney,” The New York Post reported.
While Politico did not give a reason for Groob leaving and a White House official told The New York Post that Kosoglu was leaving “to spend more time with her family, a report from Axios late last year stated that the reason so many staffers are leaving Harris’ office is over “Concern about being permanently branded a ‘Harris person.’”
“There’s been an inordinate amount of disarray — and, now, turnover — throughout her tenure. Her allies say she has a terrific chance to reset and downplay the early stumbles. But top Biden officials privately roll their eyes at her team, and want to see smoother, more effective leadership,” Axios reported.
Axios explained that many of Harris’ staffers “don’t want to be aligned with Harris” if another different Democrat decides to run for president in 2024.
According to Axios, a “Democratic operative close to the vice president’s office, also requesting anonymity to speak freely, said the departures add pressure to Harris’ chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, to avoid an internal collapse and external criticism.”
Shortly before the Axios report, CNN released a report titled, “Exasperation and dysfunction: Inside Kamala Harris’ frustrating start as vice president.” The report cited dozens of Harris’ staffers and detailed the issues in the vice president’s office.
“But, with many sources speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the situation more frankly, they all tell roughly the same story: Harris’ staff has repeatedly failed her and left her exposed, and family members have often had an informal say within her office. Even some who have been asked for advice lament Harris’ overly cautious tendencies and staff problems, which have been a feature of every office she’s held, from San Francisco district attorney to U.S. Senate,” the report said.
As Politico explained, “Harris’ office has been beset by disorder, bad press, and, at times, internal frictions. … In recent weeks, chatter has grown increasingly loud that Harris wasn’t positioned well to be Biden’s heir apparent in 2028 or, if he opts not to run again, in 2024.”