Responding Thursday to a report claiming that the Biden administration is considering travel restrictions on Florida, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) slammed the idea of restricting travel between states as “unwise” and “unjust” while charging that undocumented immigrants are allowed “to pour across the southern border unmolested.”
The Biden administration, according to a Miami Herald report, is contemplating “potential travel restrictions that do not target a specific state but focus on how to prevent the spread of variants that appear to be surging in a number of states, including Florida and California.”
Florida has the most confirmed cases in the U.S. of the United Kingdom coronavirus strain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“It would be unconstitutional, it would be unwise, and it would be unjust,” DeSantis said, vowing that the Sunshine State would fight back.
Moreover, the governor claimed that any actions to restrict travel would not be based in science and alleged it would be a “political attack against the people of Florida.”
DeSantis also tried to say that it was not fair to restrict travel with the U.S. while accusing the country of “allowing” undocumented immigrants to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Restricting the right of Americans to travel freely throughout our country while allowing illegal aliens to pour across the southern border unmolested would be a ridiculous but very damaging farce,” DeSantis said.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R), according to The Miami Herald, penned a letter to President Joe Biden saying that travel restrictions on the state would be “reckless and economically harmful.”
“Instituting a travel ban, or any restriction of movement between the states, would be an outrageous, authoritarian move that has no basis in law or science,” Rubio wrote, with the newspaper noting that the White House has not said that it is mulling a travel ban on Florida.
A White House spokesperson Thursday told Orlando-based WESH 2 News that no policy announcements are imminent.
“To be clear, there have been no decisions made around additional public health measures for domestic travel safety. The administration is continuing to discuss recommendations across the travel space, but no specific decisions are under consideration,” the spokesperson said to the NBC News-affiliated station.
Nonetheless, the Biden administration is contemplating a rule that would mandate negative COVID-19 test results for flying domestically, according to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.
In a Sunday interview with “Axios on HBO,” the former South Bend, Indiana mayor and dark horse 2020 presidential candidate noted the potential testing mandates for U.S. flyers.
“There’s an active conversation with the CDC right now,” Buttigieg told Axios. “What I can tell you is, it’s going to be guided by data, by science, by medicine, and by the input of the people who are actually going to have to carry this out.”
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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’
Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social, “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”
Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”
It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.
Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.
And the escalation of war is visible.
Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.
Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.
Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”
Morning. Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.
— Oleksiy Goncharenko (@GoncharenkoUa) January 26, 2023
The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”
F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.
Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.
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