Gov. Ron DeSantis conducts Florida state government in Israel

Ronald DeSantis, 40, is the Republican governor of Florida since only January 2019. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, DeSantis served as an officer and attorney in the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) before he became a Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives (2013-2018).

An ally of President Trump, DeSantis is a rising star in the GOP. Though a relative unknown nationwide, DeSantis was included among the names in a recent Harvard-Harris national poll of five likely Trump vice-president running-mates in 2020. The other four are much better known: VP Mike Pence, Lindsey Graham, Nikki Hayley, and Marco Rubio.

Given DeSantis’s surprising political prominence, it should be of even more concern that he is governing the state of Florida as if it’s an offshoot of Israel by conducting government affairs in Jerusalem.

On May 29, 2019, while on a trade mission in Israel, DeSantis and members of his Cabinet (Attorney General Ashley Moody, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried) held a Cabinet meeting in the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

As reported by the AP via Times of Israel, a day before, an open-government watchdog group (The First Amendment Foundation) and several news outlets (Gannett Co., Gatehouse Media and the owners of the Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times) had tried to stop the meeting by suing DeSantis and members of the Cabinet.

The lawsuit argued that the meeting violates Florida’s state constitution and open-government laws, which require that Cabinet sessions be open to the public, because Florida residents not in Israel wouldn’t be able to attend. Public access to the cabinet meeting was further restricted because of security concerns about the meeting’s location at the US embassy in Jerusalem. Florida reporters covering the trade mission were not allowed to take into the meeting equipment that could provide live coverage, including cellphones and laptops.

DeSantis’s office dismissed the concerns by labeling the meeting as “ceremonial.” But First Amendment Foundation President Barbara Petersen points out:

“The fact that there even saying, ‘Oh, it’s only ceremonial, therefore we don’t have to open it to the public’ shows to me a basic misunderstanding of the Sunshine Law. This has nothing to do with the trade mission. This has everything to do with our Cabinet holding a meeting in a foreign county. And I don’t care if they were holding the meeting in Montana, I’d have the same concern…. [T]he right of access guaranteed by our constitution makes no mention of ceremonial meetings being exempt from that right of access. We don’t want our future Cabinet meetings to be held anywhere but in the state of Florida.”

Hours before the lawsuit was filed, DeSantis discussed the meeting at a networking reception in the residence of US Ambassador David Friedman. DeSantis said: “Holding a meeting of the Florida Cabinet in the embassy in Jerusalem, that is going to be a real neat thing.”

According to The Ledger, the lawsuit was dismissed “because the governor and his cabinet members could not be served.” And so, the meeting became Florida’s first ever Cabinet meeting held in a foreign country.

After the Cabinet meeting ended, DeSantis signed into law HB 741, banning “anti-Semitism” in Florida’s public schools, making it the first bill in Florida history signed on foreign soil — in Jerusalem, Israel. 

~Eowyn

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Not appropriate at all. (And could no one find a steamer for the table cloth?)

William
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William

I know, real classy

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I hope somebody brought the “fancy food-passin’ sticks” from the Billiard Room.

Goldbug
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Goldbug

Nikki Haley, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio? You’ve gotta’ be kidding. Pence is globalist enough. I’d choose DeSantis any day.

kjf
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kjf

He would be perfect for MIG 2020… Israel is the biggest threat to national security and all the polis are traitors. And ppl still criticize Jane Fonda

Alma
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Alma

kjf, you must have a lose screw somewhere get it tightened!

kjf
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kjf

Just so you know, I didn’t down vote you.

On the other hand, your head is in the sand

“Israeli spies have done more harm and have damaged the United States more than the intelligence agents of all other countries on earth combined … They are the gravest threat to our national security.”
-Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, who was slated to become President Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Defense in 1994.

I have numerous links if you want

Alma
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Alma

I like the governor, better than the two pos we had before! So far he’s honest, I like his approach and I believe he’s potential for the WH, anything to have the democRats stay away. Marco Rubio? Oh, no!

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

Seems to me they could have been served papers on their return. At the least there is legitimate suspicion of some covert conspiracy.

William
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William

This is unbelievable. Actually it isn’t. I don’t care if DeSantis is a repub and in the running for VP 2020, we need people whose loyalty is to the US only (You listening Trump? Make sure Jared gets the memo too). It’s an outrage that any official government business would be conducted in the satanic state of Israhell

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I’m afraid that train already left the station. This is ANOTHER thing I don’t agree with Trump about. In general, that’s OK. I don’t expect anyone to match my beliefs exactly.

Jared is a curse, however. He needs somebody to watch his back and that isn’t Jared.

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m walker

May 23, 2011 by Richard Edmondson, source In an interview which aired on Press TV on Saturday–one day before the AIPAC conference got under way in Washington–former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney revealed what amounts to some pretty startling news regarding the extent of the Israeli lobby’s influence over Congress. During her years in Congress, she stated, candidates for both the House and the Senate were requested to sign pledges of support for Israel, documents in which the candidate promised to vote to provide consistent levels of economic aid to the Zionist state. Refusal to sign the pledge meant no funding… Read more »

William
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William

Yes, Hank Johnson who thinks Guam might tip over. The Zionist entity supports only the best and the brightest

SmKay
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SmKay

I live in Florida and was clueless to this news. We dodged a catastrophy with Andrew Gillum losing.

Does this mean we are going to see less Muslim refugees loitering around in our cities?

Jackie Puppet
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I doubt Trump will ask DeSantis to be his VP in 2020 – he doesn’t want to risk Florida turning blue so soon.

MarkyMark
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MarkyMark

This is the same SOB who signed a ‘red flag’ gun law into effect!