Former President Trump visited the toxic grounds of East Palestine about 20 days after the deadly train derailment and explosions.
Trump Visits East Palestine, Ohio
President Trump arrived in East Palestine to deliver truck loads of clean water and supplies to locals affected by a horrific February 3 train derailment that resulted in toxic chemicals being unleashed throughout the surrounding area.
Local and state authorities previously evacuated all residents within one mile of the derailment and started a controlled burn of industrial chemicals on the vehicle to decrease the risk of an explosion, which could have sent shrapnel throughout the small town.
13 pallets of clean and untainted water, amounting to roughly 14,000 bottles were delivered to residents ahead of his arrival.
Once Trump announced his trip to Ohio last Friday, FEMA reversed its decision to reject a federal disaster request from Gov. Mike DeWine (R-OH).
“Biden and FEMA said they would not be sending federal aid to East Palestine. As soon as I announced that I’m going, he announced a team will go. Hopefully, he will also be there. This is good news because we got them to ‘move,’” Trump wrote in a statement and in a post on his booming social media platform Truth Social.
“To the people of East Palestine and to the nearby communities in Ohio and Pennsylvania, we have told you loud and clear –You are not forgotten,” said Trump during remarks made alongside East Palestine Mayor Trent Conway and Sen.JD Vance (R-OH).
“We stand with you, we pray for you, and we will stay with you in your fight to help answer the accountability that you deserve, we’ll have that accountability. It will all be out there very clearly,” the 45th President said.
In a recent tweet, a user pointed out that Trump did not visit other train derailments during his presidency.
Secretary of Transportation Appears on Same Day
Newsweek reports, “Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg said he is “proud” of the department’s response to the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, amid heavy criticism that he and the federal government are doing too little, too late.”
According to an ‘on the ground’ report, Mayor Pete ignored questions on why it took so long to visit East Palestine; Buttigeg’s press secretary then claimed it’s a little aggressive to ask questions on camera.
Reporters say Buttigeg’s team wasn’t prepared to lead strategic positions within Biden’s government.
“What I’m really proud of is the community that I saw here,” he told reporters. “You’ve got federal agencies, you’ve got local first responders and most of all you’ve got a community that’s been through a lot.”
Biden “No Plans” to Visit Ohio
In a recent announcement by Karine Jean-Pierre, she claims that Biden will not be visiting East Palestine.
President Trump’s gesture comes after Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Europe to promise Ukraine that the U.S. would continue funding their war with Russia.
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