Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, reiterated his firm stance against potential attacks by a foreign country on a city in South Florida, despite the unlikelihood of such an event.
The U.S. Embassy in Nassau had issued a statement of regret after DeSantis made the threat for the first time. Surprisingly, a second incident of threat followed.
In yet another comparison, DeSantis likened Israel’s military actions against Hamas to a hypothetical scenario where he, as the Governor of Florida, would have to respond to “missiles” from the Bahamas aimed at Fort Lauderdale, drawing a parallel to the events of 9/11.
Governor DeSantis drew a comparison between the aftermath of 9/11 and the current situation in the Bahamas. He stated that if, after 9/11, there were demands for a cease-fire against al-Qaida and the Taliban just three weeks later, the United States would never have agreed to it. Governor DeSantis then mentioned his role as the Governor of Florida and said that if missiles were being launched into Fort Lauderdale from the Bahamas, Florida would not tolerate it even for a minute. He asserted that Florida would take swift action and “flatten them in no time certain.”
During a campaign swing through Charles City, the speaker expressed his frustration about Israel being expected to live with an existential threat. He highlighted the severity of the situation before shifting his focus to the immediate threat posed by Hamas.
At an event last weekend in Muscadine, DeSantis made a strange comparison between terror attacks on Israelis and the hypothetical threat of “rockets” coming from the Bahamian Islands in the distant future.
DeSantis questioned the actions one should take when faced with rocket attacks. He compared the situation to if the Bahamas were to launch rockets into Fort Lauderdale, stating that Americans would not tolerate such an act for even a minute and would retaliate with full force. This came after years of rocket attacks that have been occurring in the area.
The Bahamian press received a response from the U.S. government a day after Florida Politics brought attention to the statement.
In a statement to The Nassau Guardian, the U.S. Embassy expressed regret over any misinterpretation of Governor DeSantis’ comments and reaffirmed the strong and long-standing partnership between The Bahamas and the United States. Charge d’Affairs Usha Pitts emphasized the enduring and unique bond between the two democratic nations and clarified that Governor DeSantis’ remarks did not suggest otherwise.
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