Trump, FL Gov. DeSantis Hold Joint Meeting At White House

WASHINGTON, DC — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis defended his delay in issuing a stay-at-home order Tuesday while calling on President Donald Trump to order passengers aboard some flights from Latin America to be tested for the new coronavirus before being allowed to enter the country in Miami and other U.S. cities.

Holding a joint press conference with the president in the Oval Office, DeSantis said he will announce the "next step forward" for reopening Florida on Wednesday as about half of his state's coastal counties have already given the OK for limited beach access, which generally means no sitting in chairs, sunbathing or being among large groups of friends.

DeSantis pointed to an influx of travelers from Brazil and other Latin American countries in requesting testing of some travelers.

DeSantis also continued to blame much of Florida's outbreak on New York travelers. The governor ordered Florida National Guard members to Miami International and other major Florida airports to screen passengers from the New York area as well as people coming in from other hot spots. He also threw up checkpoints along I-95 and other roads bringing traffic into the state.

Trump agreed that he may order some people entering the United States to be tested for the new coronavirus before boarding international flights and possibly requiring them to wear masks.

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