On Wednesday, the former president of the United States accused the Biden administration of “indifference and betrayal” for its response to a railway crash that released hazardous chemicals in a village in Ohio.
Speaking in the disaster’s epicenter of East Palestine, Ohio, President Biden and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) came under fire from Trump, who claimed that the president and his administration were slow to offer crucial assistance in the face of an environmental disaster and its effects on the neighborhood.
Trump remarked, “Unfortunately, as you know, your goodness and perseverance were met with indifference and, in some cases, betrayal. “And Biden and FEMA vowed they would never, ever give relief to East Palestine.”
“They altered their tune when I said I was coming. It was an unbelievable event,” he remarked, later adding, “We got them to move when I opened up the dam.”
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Sen. J.D. Vance (Ohio) and Rep. Bill Johnson joined Trump’s presidential nomination in 2024. (Ohio). He assisted in bringing groceries and water to East Palestine inhabitants before making his statement.
Ohio tour by the former president has significant political overtones. Ohio, a longstanding swing state, has recently shifted to the right and supported Trump in the previous two presidential elections with its electoral votes. Furthermore, Biden is on his way back to the United States following a tour through Poland and Ukraine.
Below is a tweet embedded in the White House Blames:
The Biden Administration is on target on this issue. When I was in congress, I was regularly lobbied by the railroads to prevent any further safety rules and allow longer, more dangerous trains. https://t.co/R359PqDEKs
— Dave Loebsack for Iowa (@DaveForIowa) February 22, 2023
The National Transportation Safety Board’s inquiry into the incident will be updated, and Biden’s Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will visit East Palestine on Thursday to meet with locals.
While the tragedy has drawn criticism for Biden and his administration for delaying their trip there, it has also drawn attention to Trump’s own regulatory and environmental policies.