On Thursday, President Joe Biden visited the families of the victims who died or remain missing inside the rubble of a collapsed condominium building in the town of Surfside, Florida. 

During the meeting, which lasted about three hours, Biden promised federal support to the families while offering comfort, White House officials announced.

“The waiting, the waiting, is unbearable,” Biden told the families.

Following the meeting, Biden met up with the reporters and described the grief he saw from the victims’ families.

“I sat with one woman who had just lost her husband and her little baby boy, didn’t know what to do,” Biden said. “I sat with another family that lost almost the entire family, cousins, brothers, sisters. And to watch them, and they’re praying and pleading, and God let there be a miracle.”

“They know that the chances are, as each day goes by, diminished slightly,” the president added. “But at a minimum, at a minimum, they want to recover the bodies. They want to recover the bodies.”

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