White House says ‘no decisions’ made on domestic travel restrictions as Florida’s governor voices opposition
by: Brian Entin, Nexstar Media Wire
Posted: Feb 12, 2021 / 6:13 am EST
Updated: February 12, 2021 / 6:13 am EST
MIAMI (NewsNation Now) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has expressed frustration after a report that the White House is considering imposing domestic travel restrictions on states like Florida.
The Miami Herald reports that restrictions are designed to stop the spread of COVID-19 in states that have seen significant spikes in cases like Florida and California.
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While Florida currently leads the country in known cases of the UKB1.1.7 variant of COVID-19, hospital admissions and the overall case rate are declining, according to DeSantis.
I think it’s an absurd report that they would do that. I think it would be unconstitutional, it would be unwise, and it would be unjust. If you think about it, it would be a ridiculous but very damaging farce to restrict Americans’ right to move freely around our country while allowing illegal aliens to flow undisturbed across the southern border. So we’ll be 100 percent against it. It wouldn’t be science based, it would just be a political attack on the people of Florida.
Florida Governor Ron Desantis
According to John Hopkins University, Florida’s positive percentage is 8.6 percent, which is 28th out of 50 states.
They rank 16th nationwide in vaccine distribution, according to the CDC.
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Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, responded to the governor’s comments, saying, “Well, I’ve seen these reports. We always ponder what steps need to be taken to protect the American people, but we are not in it right now – no decisions have been made on additional public health measures that would delay or change domestic travel considerations, I should say . ”
Many states, including Florida, have imposed their own travel restrictions as the pandemic progressed. DeSantis says federal restrictions would be unfair, especially for tourism-dependent states.
“We won’t back down. And if someone tries to harm Floridians or target us, we will act very quickly, ”said DeSantis.