Joe Biden Accuses Vladimir Putin of Lying About ‘Deliberate Act of Sabotage’ of Nord Stream Pipelines

Joe Biden Accuses Vladimir Putin of Lying About ‘Deliberate Act of Sabotage’ of Nord Stream Pipelines

President Joe Biden delivered remarks at the White House on Friday and accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of lying about the damage that incapacitated the Nord Stream gas pipelines.

“It was a deliberate act of sabotage, and now the Russians are pumping out disinformation and lies,” Biden said.

The president finally made a statement in reaction to the pipeline after repeatedly ignoring reporters’ questions about it on Thursday.

Putin said Friday that the United States and its allies in the West sabotaged the pipeline.

“The sanctions were not enough for the Anglo-Saxons: they moved onto sabotage,” Putin said. “It is hard to believe but it is a fact that they organized the blasts on the Nord Stream international gas pipeline.”

But Biden urged Americans not to listen to Putin’s claims.

“When things calm down, we’re going to be sending divers down to find out exactly what happened. … Just don’t listen to what Putin is saying,” Biden said. “What he is saying, we know, is not true.”

The Nord Stream pipeline network provides natural gas from Russia to Germany, and both pipelines are leaking hundreds of millions of cubic meters of natural gas into the sea.

Dramatic photos and videos of churning water from the leaks demonstrate the significance of the impact on the pipelines. Both pipelines have been closed down:

Seismic monitors said they monitored explosive activity near the area where the leaks began occurring.


EXCLUSIVE – Jim Jordan Expresses Surprise at Ted Cruz’s Support for JCPA Media Cartel Bill

EXCLUSIVE – Jim Jordan Expresses Surprise at Ted Cruz’s Support for JCPA Media Cartel Bill

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, appeared on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with Alex Marlow today, laying into the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) and questioning why Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is attempting to rescue the derided media cartel bill.

“I’m not sure why the Senator did that, I do plan to talk to him,” Rep. Jordan, who has opposed the media cartel bill since its inception over a year ago, told Breitbart News Daily host Alex Marlow.

“We call it the media cartel bill,” said Marlow. “It’s giving an antitrust exemption to media so they can collectively bargain with tech giants, and this will supposedly get them paid for their content, I think it’s going to be a payola scheme where Big Tech will pay off whatever outlets they like the most.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

“You said it right, Big Media is going to team up with Big Tech, and they’re going to come after conservative outlets getting the truth out there like you guys. Remember, the cartels that form get to define and determine the terms on who gets in,” said Jordan.

“So, do you think the New York Times and Washington Post and Google are going to want Breitbart to be in? In fact, Lina Khan who’s over at the FTC and who is going to administer all this, she’s said of Breitbart, ‘they’re out there putting out disinformation.’”

“This is all in line with what we saw in the runup to the 2020 election, where it wasn’t the FTC, but it was the FBI going to Big Tech and teaming up… to limit information to the people. This whole alliance between Big Government, Big Tech, and Big Media to keep we the people from getting the facts and the truth is a problem, and I see this [the JCPA] in that same vein.”

Jordan explained how some Republicans were swayed by lobbying efforts, which misrepresented the bill as support for struggling local newspapers as opposed to the national conglomerates that largely own them.

“Some of them get in by ‘oh, we want to help your small town newspaper,’ you know, the days when the newspaper actually covered the news and wasn’t just propaganda… So I think there’s some nostalgic feeling for that.”

“We had this hearing a little over a year on, we brought in Clay Travis and Glenn Greenwald. It was funny, as the hearing went on, there were even some people who would co-sponsor the bill who, during this hearing, ‘You know, I’m having second thoughts.’ Because we started to spell it out.”

“They define who’s professional news — that’s one of the terms. The bias they have against folks like you guys who are putting out the truth, the facts. Remember, this is the same kind of mindset that gave us the whole ‘disinformation governance board.’ This is that concept, in my mind.”

“It is a way to structure government, and create these cartels, where they’re going to go after the little guys, they’re going to define it so you can’t even get in the cartels, and then they’re going to go after you and make life even more difficult for us in the conservative movement.”

“We see this time and time again, we saw it in the runup to the 2020 election, we see it when they tried this ‘governance board’ with Nina Janckowicz. I think it’s a dangerous road to go down, that’s why we’ve opposed it so far.”

“Let’s hope this is not going to get through this congress, and then what happens on November 8th is what I think is going to happen, then we can make sure this kind of legislation doesn’t pass.”

Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. He is the author of #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal The Election.


Analysts: U.S. Weapons Stockpiles at ‘Dangerously Low Levels’ as DOD Sends Weapons to Ukraine

Analysts: U.S. Weapons Stockpiles at ‘Dangerously Low Levels’ as DOD Sends Weapons to Ukraine

Bank of America analysts issued a report on Friday warning that America’s military support for Ukraine in the conflict with Russia has pushed United States military stockpiles to “dangerously low levels” not seen for decades.

As part of $16.2 billion in support committed to Ukraine since Russia invaded in February, the Department of Defense (DoD) has sent approximately $8.4 billion worth of military equipment from its own weapons stockpiles through an authority known as “presidential drawdown.”

The analysts wrote in their Friday report:

Presidential drawdowns have pushed US weapons stockpiles to dangerously low levels that have not been seen for decades. On several ground systems, DoD officials have indicated that ammunition stocks have dwindled to levels that would be considered problematic during wartime.

The analysts wrote that as the United States continues to provide military assistance to Ukraine, major defense contractors have been tasked with meeting demand throughout Europe and restocking United States military inventories depleted as a result of the 20 presidential drawdowns since August 2021.

They forecasted that Raytheon Technologies (Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s employer before he become defense chief), Lockheed Martin, and General Dynamics are best positioned to benefit from the demands, given their experience in producing “legacy ground-based systems.”

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin attends a press conference after a meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group at the U.S. military’s Ramstein air base on September 8, 2022, in Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany. The Ukraine Defense Contact Group is a U.S.-led effort to bring together defense leaders from dozens of countries across the globe in order to facilitate military support for Ukraine in its ongoing efforts in fighting Russia’s military invasion. (Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images)

They wrote that the DoD was actually expected to pivot away from those systems as it looked to shift away from the ground-based wars in the Middle East to preparing for war in the Pacific, but that the Ukraine conflict has renewed their importance.

“The DoD’s shift in focus to the Pacific and away from ground conflicts in the Middle East previously cast doubt on the fate of some ground-based defense programs,” they wrote. For example, they noted that Raytheon almost stopped producing High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) in 2021, but now efforts are being made to ramp production back up.

The DoD announced earlier this week that it would send 18 HIMARS and associated ammunition to Ukraine. The delivery would not be immediate, but would take several years, according to defense officials.

“HIMARS provide a highly effective precision fires capability. We’ve all seen how Ukraine has leveraged this system to push back against Russia’s war of aggression, disruption [of] ammunition depots, supply lines and logistical hubs far behind the front lines,” a senior defense official said during a briefing this week.

“This package of HIMARS, these 18 HIMARS and associated ammunition will constitute a core component of Ukraine’s fighting force in the future. One that can deter and defend against all threats. The procurement and deliver [sic]of these HIMARS systems and associated ammunition will take a few years. Today’s announcement is only the beginning of a procurement process,” the official said.

So far, according to the Bank of America report, the U.S. has committed 34 HIMARS to Ukraine, as well as:

— over 1,400 Stinger anti-aircraft systems produced by Raytheon;
— over 8,500 Javelin anti-armor systems produced by Raytheon and Lockheed;
— over 32,000 other anti-armor systems produced by various suppliers;
— over 700 Switchblade Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems produced by AeroVironment, Inc.;
— 126 155mm Howitzers and up to 807,000 155mm artillery rounds produced by General Dynamics, Bae Systems, and various suppliers;
— 20 155mm Howitzers and 180,000 150mm artillery rounds produced by General Dynamics, Bae Systems, and various suppliers; and
— over 50 counter-artillery radars produced by Raytheon.

“Roughly $1.2bn in contracts are already being processed in order to replenish stockpiles, especially for Stinger missiles ($624mn), Javelin missiles ($352mn), and HIMARS systems ($33mn),” the analysts wrote.

Of limited inventory, they listed Stingers, Javelins, anti-armor systems, Switchblade UAVs, Howitzers and 155mm artillery rounds, HIMARS, and counter-artillery radars.

The report noted that Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Bill LaPlante was scheduled to meet with procurement officers from allied nations on Wednesday to discuss how the global industrial base and “that of the U.S. in particular” could support the Ukrainian effort.

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Breitbart News Daily Podcast Ep. 229: Who Will We Investigate First? Rep. Jim Jordan Torches the JCPA, Lays Out Plan for GOP-Controlled House

Breitbart News Daily Podcast Ep. 229: Who Will We Investigate First? Rep. Jim Jordan Torches the JCPA, Lays Out Plan for GOP-Controlled House

Host Alex Marlow begins today’s episode with a hurricane Ian update, as the rescue continues and the cleanup begins in Florida amid the apocalyptic scenes of destruction. But we are far from out of the woods because the storm is now set to slam into South Carolina. Also in Alex’s monologue: The economy is doing even worse than you thought. Alex shares some new stats. Migrant buses are headed to a new lux resort area. Alex has the details. Congress keeps spending money on Ukraine. A top Biden administration official’s wife has been named the diplomat for plants and animals—not a joke! (Well, it is a joke, but we’re not joking.) The UC Berkeley has gone full anti-Semitic. Trevor Noah has quit the Daily Show. Alex explains why that doesn’t matter and why no one should care. All this and more in the opening, including updates on immigration, politics, and wokeness. Our guest today is Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH). He discusses his staunch opposition to the JCPA, who and what he will investigate first if House Republicans win back the majority (Is Hunter in the crosshairs?), and why school choice matters now more than ever.

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Exclusive — Rep. Jim Jordan: JCPA Would Create ‘Alliance Between Big Government, Big Tech, and Big Media’ to Censor ‘Conservative Outlets’ like Breitbart News

Exclusive — Rep. Jim Jordan: JCPA Would Create ‘Alliance Between Big Government, Big Tech, and Big Media’ to Censor ‘Conservative Outlets’ like Breitbart News

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said on Friday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow that the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), if enacted as law, would create a “cartel” between “big government, Big Tech, and big media” to censor and suppress news media outlets such as Breitbart News.

“Big media is going to team up with Big Tech, and they’re going to come after conservative outlets getting the truth out there, like you guys,” Jordan stated. “It is really that basic.”

The JCPA’s proponents describe the bill as a measure towards increasing financial viability of local and smaller news media organizations amid diminishing revenues across the journalism industry due to modern digital sharing of information.

Jordan said the JCPA would empower leftist news media outlets and large technology firms to determine the parameters for entry into what the bill defines as a “joint negotiation entity.” Such media and technology companies, he added, would conspire to exclude Breitbart News and other outlets dissenting from their ideological and political consensus.

Jordan remarked, “The cartel that forms gets to define and determine the terms on who gets in. Do you think New York Times and the Washington Post and Google are going to want Breitbart to be [included]?”

Jordan linked the push for JCPA with a broader governmental campaign to increase the centralization of control and censorship over the flow of information.

“In fact, Lina Khan, who’s over at FTC, is going to administer all this and oversees antitrust,” he continued. “She’s even said, ‘Oh, Breitbart, they’re out there putting out disinformation,’ and so, this is all in mind with what we saw happen in the run-up to the 2020 election, where it wasn’t the FTC then, but it was the FBI going to Big Tech and teaming up there, where government teamed up with Big Tech to limit information to the people.”

The representative from Ohio emphasized the JCPA’s threat to the values of free speech and expression as articulated in the First Amendment.

He stated, “This whole alliance between big government, Big Tech, and big media to keep we the people from getting the facts and the truth is a problem, and I see this in that same vein.”

“This [is a] team-up between the New York Times and Google to go after conservative thought, and they define who’s ‘professional news’ — that’s one of the terms — [and will include] the bias they have against folks like you guys who are putting out the truth and the facts.”

Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Google CEO Sundar Pichai (Getty Images)

Jordan described the JCPA as a reconfigured governmental attempt to impose the objectives of the Biden administration’s failed campaign to establish the federal Disinformation Governance Board, a proposed bureaucracy marketed as an organ to protect the public “disinformation.”

“Remember, this is the same kind of mindset that gave us the whole Disinformation Governance Board, and they were going to try to run with that,” Jordan concluded. “This is that concept, in my mind, that they’re trying to form in these cartels.”

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Lead Oversight Republican: House GOP Majority to Investigate Hunter Biden, Biden Family

Lead Oversight Republican: House GOP Majority to Investigate Hunter Biden, Biden Family

House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY) said on Thursday that an investigation into Hunter Biden will commence once Republicans take back control of the House.

“The reason we’re investigating Hunter Biden is because we believe he’s compromised Joe Biden,” Comer, who will likely be the next House Oversight Committee chairman, told reporters.

Comer said that the crux of the planned investigation into Hunter Biden and his business dealings centers on rooting out corruption and political retribution against Democrats for their investigations and impeachments against former President Donald Trump.

“We’ve already brought forth more evidence of wrongdoing with Hunter Biden in foreign countries than Adam Schiff ever brought forward with Donald Trump or Jared Kushner or anyone else,” the lead Oversight Republican said.

Comer has described Hunter Biden as a “national security risk” this summer.

House Republicans across the spectrum have discussed the potential crimes and other implications Hunter Biden’s business dealings have had with President Joe Biden.

Breitbart News senior contributor and Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President Peter Schweizer said during a Republican Study Committee (RSC) meeting in April that there is a “slam dunk” case to indict Hunter Biden for tax evasion.

Schweizer even said the Hunter Biden laptop stories made it easier to answer “three basic fundamental questions” about the relationship between China, Hunter Biden, and Joe Biden:

  1. The Biden family received roughly $31 million in business deals with the Chinese.
  2. Hunter Biden had significant business dealings with high-ranking Chinese government officials.
  3. Schweizer said that the Hunter Biden emails revealed that the Biden family’s money is “fungible.”

Even though Schweizer said there is a good chance that Hunter would go to jail, he said that Hunter would likely take the fall to protect his father, the president.

“What is probably going to happen is there’s going to be a deal cut. Hunter Biden is going to cop to some of the charges. He may spend some time in jail. But, he’s going to do that to protect his father.”

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The Mark Kelly Industrial Complex: Defense Contractor with Lucrative Pentagon Contracts Rents Plane to Arizona’s Vulnerable Democrat

The Mark Kelly Industrial Complex: Defense Contractor with Lucrative Pentagon Contracts Rents Plane to Arizona’s Vulnerable Democrat

Sen. Mark Kelly’s (D-AZ) campaign has paid tens of thousands of dollars for plane rentals to an Arizona-based company that has been awarded lucrative contracts from the Department of Defense (DOD), including one contract funded by legislation Kelly voted for. 

One of three contacts awarded to Newton Consulting & Engineering, Inc. (NCE) came last year after Kelly had been conducting business with the company and was serving on the Senate Armed Services Committee. In fact, Kelly voted for the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which gave the DOD funding it ultimately drew from for the contract. Of note, the DOD selects companies to award contracts to after receiving annual funding, not the U.S. Senate.

 Since April 2021, the Mark Kelly for Senate committee has shelled out more than $80,000 to the Tuscon-based company for “Officially Connected” travel. Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute and the author of numerous best-sellers including Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win, spoke to Kelly’s ties in a statement to Breitbart News.

“It’s incumbent on our elected officials to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest. In this case, Senator Kelly has failed the test,” wrote Schweizer, a Breitbart News senior contributor.

Bob Newton, an Air Force veteran with service-linked disabilities, owns the company and confirmed to Breitbart News via email that Kelly has been “using [their] planes for regional travel.” NCE’s website makes no explicit reference to plane rentals on its publicly accessible pages, but it does note a “Specialized Aircraft Club,” which Newton says offers aircraft use to members. 

“We matched Senator Kelly up with the planes that best fit his needs,” said Newton.

Kelly appears to often rent one plane in particular, a single-engine Columbia LC41-550FG with tail number N235SL. The plane is registered to the defense contractor and has mirrored some of Kelly’s travels on the campaign trail over the past month. Records from flight tracking website FlightAware show that on August 30, the plane departed Marana Regional Airport in Arizona at 7:27 a.m. and landed at Kingman Airport at 8:48 a.m. MST. 

At 9:07 a.m. MST, Kelly tweeted a video of himself readying a plane. In one angle, characters painted on the side of the plane read “5SL,” though Kelly’s body obstructs the beginning of the number. In another shot, the letter “N” can be seen on the side of the plane, but the camera angle cuts out the following characters. 

After a brief stay in Kingman, N235SL departed at 11:34 a.m. and landed at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa at 12:37 p.m. MST. Later that day, at 3:10 p.m. MST, Kelly tweeted a photo with volunteers stating they met in Kingman that morning. 

On August 31, N235SL took off from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport at 7:55 a.m. MST and landed at the Nogales International Airport at 8:48 a.m. At 9:16 a.m. MST, Kelly tweeted an image of himself in a cockpit with the caption “Get ready, Nogales,” and tail number N235SL is visible on the dashboard.

After a few hours, N235SL left the airport at 12:26 p.m. MST and arrived in Chinle Muni at 3:11 p.m. MST. At 2:48 MST, Kelly tweeted a mid-flight video accompanied by the caption “Headed to Chinle.” 

Moreover, on April 29, Kelly tweeted a photo of himself and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in the cockpit of the plane, evidenced by the tail number on the dashboard. Federal Election Commission records show his campaign paid NCE $2,985 that day.

From January through June 2022, NCE has received $31,847.50 from the Democrat senator’s campaign for “Travel-Officially Connected.”

“Senator Kelly rents planes from a Service Disabled Veteran Owned small business so that he can fly himself across the state to meet Arizonans where they are because it makes him a better Senator,” Sarah Guggenheimer, a spokeswoman for Mark Kelly for Senate, told Breitbart News in a statement.

“We’re proud to help Senator Kelly be a Senator for the whole state by ensuring he can cover more ground and visit parts of Arizona that are too often ignored,” Newton said. He told Breitbart News that the company owns more than five planes and that Kelly pays market rates.

Since 2012, the Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded NCE over $1 million in contracts, with the latest coming in August 2021, which was funded through legislation Kelly voted for and came while he was serving on the Armed Services Committee. In that contract, the DOD gave NCE $249,233 for “LASER TARGET ENGINEERING EVALUATION.” The contact’s start date is listed as August 27, 2021, and its end date is marked as February 26, 2022.

The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, which was the funding office for the contract, has confirmed to Breitbart News that the money used for the project came from the NDAA of 2021, which Kelly voted for.

Newton told Breitbart News that “as for NCE’s defense business activities, Senator Kelly and his office has had no involvement.”

He further said that NCE has no current connection to any staffers or members of the Armed Services Committee other than Kelly, adding that “[b]ack in the day when I was in the AF working F-22/JSF etal in the Pentagon I knew all the guys, pre-2004. Havent talked to any of them since.”

In September 2019, the DOD awarded the contractor $527,832 for a “CAP FLEET MODERNIZATION STUDY.” The project’s end date was June 30, 2020. In May 2012, NCE received more than $250,000 for a “SPECIAL OPS” contract.

As the Daily Beast’s Roger Sollenberger reported last September, Kelly rented one plane through NCE, a Lancair LC41-550FG single-engine plane, which was registered to Dr. Sheldon Gingerich, a pain management doctor from Tuscon, AZ.

In November of 2020, Gingerich was hit with a federal indictment that detailed “31 counts of unlawful distributions of controlled substances, including alleged sham prescriptions for oxycodone, morphine, hydrocodone, and fentanyl,” Sollenberger noted. The allegations against Gingerich coincide with a nationwide fentanyl and opioid crisis that claimed the lives of nearly 81,000 Americans in 2021.

This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Attorneys Office for Utah and introduced as evidence at a trial shows fentanyl-laced fake oxycodone pills collected during an investigation. Accidental overdoses contribute to 90 percent of all U.S. opioid-related deaths. Rising use of illicitly manufactured and highly potent synthetic opioids including fentanyl has likely contributed to the unintentional death rate, which surged nine-fold between 2000 and 2017, the study found. (U.S. Attorneys Office for Utah via AP, File)

This undated file photo shows fentanyl-laced fake oxycodone pills collected during an investigation. (U.S. Attorneys Office for Utah via AP, File)

What is more, in August of last year, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office announced that it had reached a settlement with Gingerich over the office’s claims that he pocketed large sums of money for “sham educational ‘speaker fees’ from… Insys Therapeutics in exchange for prescribing Subsys, a highly addictive opioid prescription drug that contains fentanyl.” The doctor and his wife, Deborah Wood, forfeited $80,000 and forked over another $50,000 to the state of Arizona, though they denied the state’s allegations in the consent judgment filing. 

“The Gingerich defendants agree to the entry of this Consent Judgement solely in order to compromise disputed claims and to avoid the expense and uncertainty of further litigation,” part of the document reads. When contacted by the Daily Beast, Newton confirmed that he had previously rented the plane to the Democrat Senator and asserted that Gingerich sold the plane the same month as the consent judgment. 

Federal records show that from April 9, 2021, through the end of the year, Mark Kelly for Senate paid NCE $48,643.50 for “Officially Connected” travel. Sollenberger noted that Gingerich’s plane made several trips in April and July of 2021 that matched up to Kelly’s movements around Arizona. Kelly’s campaign told the Daily Beast that he has no connection to Gingerich.

NCE aims to “become the services sector company of choice providing quality service to our Military Forces, other Government agencies, and industry customers and to our employees,” its website currently states. Its mission is to “provide and sustain quality services on time at or under budget for the Military, Government, and industry organizations in venues as required by the customer, while providing a quality work environment for its employees.”

“As a member of the Armed Services Committee, Kelly would have direct influence over those missions, though neither the campaign payments, nor NCE’s interests before the Armed Services Committee—past or pending—are illegal,” Sorenberger wrote last September.

Newton, who attained the rank of colonel, was a fighter pilot and test pilot. While he and Kelly share similar military careers, considering the senator’s time as a U.S. Navy combat pilot, Newton said he “only met him when he started using [NCE’s] planes.”


Gov. Ron DeSantis: Hurricane Ian Is a ‘500-Year Flood Event’ 

Gov. Ron DeSantis: Hurricane Ian Is a ‘500-Year Flood Event’ 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Thursday said the state was hit with a “500-year flood event” one day after Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwest Florida.

“We’ve never seen a flood event like this,” he said at a news briefing in the state’s capital, Tallahassee. “We’ve never seen a storm surge of this magnitude.”

Although Hurricane Ian hit southwest Florida the hardest, DeSantis said that counties in central Florida are “looking at potential major flooding.”

“The amount of water that’s been rising and will likely continue to rise today even as the storm is passing is basically a 500-year flood event,” DeSantis said.

He also highlighted the influx of resources the state has received in the past day and praised Floridians for their resiliency.

“The response here and the way people have reacted has been very impressive,” DeSantis added.

Florida first lady Casey DeSantis said the state raised $2 million in 24 hours to help the hurricane’s victims.

Hurricane Ian hit Florida as a strong category-four storm on Wednesday, with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, the Hill reported.

Ian has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, but Florida officials warned that the wind and rain are still dangerous.

DeSantis also announced he spoke with President Joe Biden, who declared a major disaster for nine Florida counties. DeSantis reportedly plans to ask Biden to expand the emergency declaration to more counties, allowing Florida residents to receive individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“This storm is having broad impacts across the state and some of the flooding you’re going to see in areas hundreds of miles from where this made landfall are going to set records, and that’s going to obviously be things that will need to be responded to,” DeSantis said at his press conference.

The storm left more than 2.5 Floridians without power and caused structural damage to several vital pieces of infrastructure, including the Sanibel Causeway, which connects the Sanibel Islands to the mainland.

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