The White House has not made any final decisions on imposing domestic travel restrictions, press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiWhite House: Window for finalizing sweeping budget package 'closing' Emanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing Democrats at odds with Manchin over child tax credit provision MORE said Thursday.
The comment from the White House came after a report said the administration was considering implementing one around Florida due to coronavirus cases.
"Well, I’ve seen those reports. We are always considering what steps are necessary to keep the American people safe, but we are not currently in the process of — no decisions have been made around additional public health measures that would delay or would change, I should say, domestic travel considerations," Psaki said at a press briefing.
The Miami Herald reported Wednesday that the administration was weighing domestic travel restrictions that would target states that have been severely impacted by coronavirus variants, including Florida and California.
Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisNearly 80 percent of Republicans want to see Trump run in 2024: poll Miami private school orders vaccinated students to stay at home for 30 days as 'precautionary measure' Democratic state Sen. Annette Taddeo announces bid to be Florida's first Latina governor MORE (R), speaking to reporters before Psaki's briefing Thursday, called it an "absurd report" and sought to tie it to the Biden administration's stance on immigration.
"I think it's an absurd report that they would be doing that," DeSantis said. "It would be unconstitutional, it would be unwise, and it would be unjust."
The recent report that the Biden administration is considering restricting the travel of Floridians is completely absurd, especially when Biden allows illegal aliens to pour across our southern border. We won’t allow Floridians to be unfairly targeted for political purposes. pic.twitter.com/h47AVuof50— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 11, 2021
The United States has seen its overall number of daily infections stabilize a bit in recent weeks, but there has been a rise in variations that originated in the United Kingdom and South Africa that are considered more contagious.
The Biden administration has imposed international travel restrictions to try and stem the spread of the virus, but domestic travel restrictions would mark a new step taken by the government that would, most likely, face backlash.
Former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE said on multiple occasions last year he was open to restricting travel from "hot spots" in the United States. But health experts questioned the benefits if the virus had already widely spread across the United States, and economists warned of dire consequences for the airline industry.