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President says he will travel to Florida in wake of building collapse


At least 11 people are dead and 150 people are unaccounted for, while search and rescue teams continue to race to find the missing. No survivors have been found since last week.

Biden told reporters at the White House he would travel to Florida, “as soon as we can, maybe as early as Thursday.”

Biden issued an emergency declaration to authorize federal assistance and on Friday said his administration was doing everything in its power to be of assistance to those affected. He spoke to the state’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, over the phone on Friday.

The cause of the collapse is still unknown, but a letter sent months before the deadly collapse warned damage to the building was accelerating after a 2018 report raised concerns about structural damage.

Biden spent the weekend with family at Camp David but officials said the President would receive briefings each day over the phone and from a traveling national security adviser, Yohannes Abraham.

This story is breaking and will be updated.


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