Several relatives of the people missing in the collapse of a house in Florida, refused to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden during his visit to the town of Surfside, where the accident occurred. It was reported by CNN on Thursday, July 1.
Journalists met with some of them and asked what prompted them not to come to meet the American leader.
“I’m not interested in talking to him,” Avi Cohen, whose father and uncle have not yet been found, told the channel.
The woman, whose husband and son are also still missing, noted that Biden coming to Surfside could interfere with the search for survivors.
“Tell him to go soon. <...> We can’t allow this (rescue efforts. – Ed.) to slow down even for one second,” the network quoted her as saying.
The president and First Lady Jill Biden met Thursday with relatives and rescue workers from the 12-story building that collapsed. The meeting lasted just under three hours, with a total of about 200 people in attendance.
During a meeting with reporters the same day, Biden said that there was no clear understanding of the causes of the collapse of the apartment building in Florida.
The collapse of a 12-story apartment building in Florida occurred on the night of June 24. Authorities have not yet set the reasons for the collapse. The next day U.S. President Joe Biden signed a decree declaring a state of emergency in Florida.
According to the latest information the total number of victims reached 18. Among the victims were a woman and her two daughters aged four and ten.
On June 28 CNN reported that the owners of the apartments in the collapsed house had previously planned to make repairs in it for about $15 million.
A day later, the head of the Miami-Dade County Fire and Rescue Department, Alan Kominsky, said that rescuers had removed more than 1.36 thousand tons of concrete debris while taking apart the rubble of the house.