US Politics

Stormy relations: DeSantis and Biden put mutual loathing aside to deal with hurricane response

Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis, who likes to be known as ‘Trump with a brain’, and the US president know that competence in dealing with natural disasters can win swing voters in the contest to be next US president

People clear debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Picture: Getty

Since Joe Biden became US president, Florida governor Ron DeSantis has positioned himself as one of his chief antagonists. It’s a strategy that is as calculated as it is combative. Political stunts, like flying immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, the summer playground of choice for wealthy Democrats, obscure Donald Trump’s social media diatribes while elevating DeSantis to the national political arena.

He wants the 2024 Republican presidential nomination and he reasons the best way of securing ...