(CNN)President Joe Biden is expected on Friday to address the building collapse in Florida after issuing an emergency declaration overnight to authorize federal assistance, according to an administration official.
At least four people are dead and 159 people are unaccounted for after a residential building partially collapsed in Surfside, Florida, on Thursday. Search and rescue teams are racing to find survivors.
Biden was updated Friday morning on the rising number of people who are unaccounted for and will receive regular updates throughout the day, a White House official says.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday afternoon that the White House was working on setting up a phone call between Biden and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
As of Friday morning, the President and the governor had not spoken, an official said, but DeSantis has been in contact with top White House officials, including chief of staff Ron Klain.
The President’s decision to declare a state of emergency in Florida came after a day of discussions between the White House and DeSantis’ off
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