President Joe Biden has no plans at this time to travel to the site of a deadly condo building collapse in South Florida, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday, because such a trip would draw law enforcement resources away from ongoing search-and-rescue operations.
Psaki said Biden does support a full investigation by federal agencies of the Surfside, Fla., collapse, which killed at least 10 people and has left more than 150 still missing. Work to find survivors in the building's rubble has been ongoing since it collapsed last Thursday.
“In terms of a visit by the president, we always want to ensure that we’re not pulling from local resources. We don’t want to draw resources that are needed in the ongoing search and rescue operations,” Pskai said. “We will remain in close contact with officials on the ground.”
FEMA Director Deanne Criswell has been in contact with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and briefed Biden, Psaki said. FEMA deployed a management assistance team, building experts and engineers in addition to two search and rescue teams.
Psaki said the federal personnel in Florida from FEMA, the FBI, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the National Institutes of Standards and Practices have their own authorities and expertise to investigate the causes of the collapse and prevent such events from happening again.