First Read

Florida Gov. DeSantis meets with 9/11 families in Tallahassee

'They've had a lot of frustrations about getting justice,' he told Fox & Friends this weekend.

Photo provided by DeSantis campaign

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis opened the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee on Sunday to 9/11 families for a Memorial Day weekend barbecue. He also met privately with some of the surviving family members of victims, the New York Post reported. “He gave us over an hour of his time and listened to every one of our stories,” Brett Eagleson told the newspaper. 

The governor also joined Fox & Friends Monday from the deck of the U.S.S. Orleck in Jacksonville, where he attended a Veterans Memorial Ceremony. “They've had a lot of frustrations about getting justice: they're suing Saudi Arabia, they're trying to get more documents, they've been made promises in the past about getting help,” he told host Kayleigh McEnany. 

“And then basically some of our elected leaders have reneged on those promises,” he added. “And so, you know, I think that they've been punched in the gut a number of times, and I think it's been difficult to now be two decades later and still trying to get full justice.” 

At the time of the attacks, DeSantis went on, “I was down in Florida. I mean, I'm a Florida guy. I didn't have any connection in New York City, but it inspired me to join the Navy, you know, almost 20 years ago. And so it had a profound effect on our country and obviously to see … the raw emotions from people that were directly impacted was very, very powerful. And it moved my wife and I very much.” 

This is First Up, an excerpt from City & State's daily morning newsletter, First Read. To subscribe for free, please visit our newsletters page

NEXT STORY: Disney wants federal judge to stay on case against state of Florida