Former President Trump reportedly blasted the Biden administration’s response to a railway mishap that spilled dangerous chemicals in an Ohio community as betrayal on Wednesday.
Speaking in East Palestine, Ohio, the site of the disaster, Trump blasted President Biden and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), claiming that the president and his administration were slow to provide critical assistance in the face of an environmental disaster and its effects on the community.
“Unfortunately, as you know, in too many cases your goodness and perseverance were met with indifference and betrayal in some cases. And Biden and FEMA said they would not send aid to East Palestine under any circumstance.” Trump said to the gathered crowd.
“When I announced that I was coming, they changed their tune. It was an amazing phenomenon…opened up the dam and we got them to move.” he continued.
Trump was joined by two other senior Republicans, Sen. J.D. Vance (Ohio) and Rep. Bill Johnson, who are vying for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. (Ohio).
Prior to his statements, he assisted with the delivery of water and supplies to people of East Palestine.
The former president’s visit to Ohio has significant political implications.
Ohio, a traditional swing state, has shifted to the right in recent years, sending Trump electoral votes in the previous two presidential elections.
His arrival also coincides with Biden’s return to the United States following a trip to Ukraine and Poland.
Pete Buttigieg, Biden’s Transportation Secretary, will visit to East Palestine on Thursday to meet with community residents and hear an update on the National Transportation Safety Board’s inquiry into the incident.