Donald Trump is visiting on Wednesday the Ohio community upended by a toxic train derailment – 19 days after the crash, but still before President Joe Biden or Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
Republicans are reeling that Biden has not visited Ohio for himself, or at least deployed Buttigieg there to survey the damage and speak with local leaders about how the administration can best assist.
Buttigieg, however, assures that he will visit East Palestine, Ohio, claiming he did not want to preemptively visit just for the sake of a photo-op, which he suggested Trump is doing.
On February 3, a Norfolk Southern freight train derailed earlier and released large amounts of toxic chemicals into the air, water and ground, forcing evacuations as residents feared for their health. Some complained of headaches and other symptoms.
Biden's trip to Ukraine and Poland this week caused an uproar with Republicans demanding answers as to why he went to the war-torn country before addressing issues back at home first.
Former President Donald Trump will visit the site of the Ohio train derailment Wednesday afternoon
A 50-car freight train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio on February 3 released toxic chemicals into the air, land and water – causing the community to evacuate after experiencing some symptoms like headaches
Biden finally broke his silence on the derailment with a Twitter thread on Tuesday following his speech in Poland lambasting Russia and its President Vladimir Putin. He made five calls Tuesday evening from Warsaw, Poland.
The president noted that he spoke with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, Ohio Rep. Bill Johnson, Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro, and Ohio Governor MikeDeWine.
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