FACT CHECK: Did Ron DeSantis Not Give A Press Conference About The Surfside Condo Collapse Before June 29?

Elias Atienza | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on Instagram claims Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis did not hold a single press conference about the collapsed Surfside condo building before June 29.

Verdict: False

DeSantis participated in multiple press conferences with other Florida officials regarding the Surfside condo collapse prior to June 29. He has also given updates on the situation since that date.

Fact Check:

The Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside, Florida, collapsed early June 24, according to the Miami Herald. 32 people have been confirmed dead while 113 remain missing, CNN reported July 6.

In the viral Instagram post, text claims DeSantis had not done a single press conference about the collapsed condo by June 29. That is, however, inaccurate. (RELATED: Did John McAfee Send This Tweet About Files He Had Stored In His Condo Near Miami Beach?)

Check Your Fact found DeSantis partook in multiple press conferences between June 24 and June 29. DeSantis on June 24 visited the site of the collapse and hosted a press conference, according to a press release from the governor’s office. The Washington Post and local affiliate ABC Action News posted footage of his June 24 press conference on YouTube.

DeSantis spoke in press conferences about the condo collapse on other days, including June 25, June 26, June 27, June 28 and June 29, according to local news coverage. Photos available on Getty Images and AP Images also show DeSantis talking to the media about the incident prior to June 29.

The Florida governor has given updates since June 29, as well. For instance, he joined other officials in providing updates on the state’s response July 3 and July 5. DeSantis and President Joe Biden also had a command briefing about the condo collapse, according to Reuters.

Elias Atienza

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