Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) returned to Pensacola with First Lady Casey DeSantis, where he received the latest FBI briefing on Friday’s terrorist shooting at NAS Pensacola before heading over to Baptist Hospital to meet with the wounded.
Shortly after the shooting occurred, DeSantis held a press conference where he stated that the government of Saudi Arabia was going to “owe a debt here” because the act of terrorism was committed by someone under their employment.
“The government of Saudi Arabia needs to make things better for these victims, and I think they’re going to owe a debt here given that this is one of their individuals,” said DeSantis.
On Sunday, DeSantis said that he would do whatever he could as governor to “assist law enforcement in bringing these criminals to justice.
“When tragedy strikes, Floridians stand together,” stated DeSantis “As Governor I will do all that I can to assist law enforcement in bringing these criminals to justice.”
DeSantis told reporters that he had already spoken to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, who echoed President Trump’s call to immediately review the vetting process for foreign military personnel being stationed in the U.S.
“You have foreign military personnel coming to our base. They should not be doing that if they hate our country,” DeSantis said. “I talked with Secretary (of Defense Mark) Esper on Friday and they’re doing a big review about how all this stuff is done in terms of the vetting. But my sense is that more needs to be done, and I think that this is something that should not have been allowed to happen.”