The mayor of East Palestine, Ohio, the site of a devastating train derailment earlier this month that released toxic chemicals into the air, ground and water of that community, criticized President Biden over his surprise visit to Ukraine.
Conaway appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Jesse Waters Primetime” broadcast earlier this week.
Despite the ongoing environmental crisis in eastern Palestine, Biden decided to spend his President’s Day visiting the war-torn Eastern European country of Ukraine.
“It’s a huge slap in the face to tell you right now, he doesn’t care about us,” Conaway told Waters, adding that news of Biden’s overseas visit had left him “furious.”
East Palestine, Ohio Mayor Trent Conaway: “I found out through briefings today. [Biden] They were in Ukraine giving millions to the people there and doing nothing for us. I am angry.pic.twitter.com/8jn32aI4kc
— Max Blumenthal (@Max Blumenthal) February 21, 2023
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East Palestine mayor engaged in Biden’s misplaced priorities
East Palestine Mayor Trent Conaway blasted President Biden for promising more aid to Ukraine even as his community struggles to secure federal aid for the emergency.
“So … he can send every agency he wants but I found out this morning and he was at one of the briefings in Ukraine giving millions of dollars to people over there, not us, and I’m pissed off,” he fumed.
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Conaway’s remark comes as Biden announced another roughly $500 million in aid for Ukraine’s war effort, on top of the $100 billion already sent or promised by the United States.
As of Tuesday, the East Palestine mayor had refused to apologize for his comments about Biden.
“I’m very disappointed, but I stand by those comments … if he wants to come, he’s welcome,” Conaway said.
East Palestine Mayor Trent Conaway defends his visit to Ukraine as a “huge slap in the face” to President Biden, while Ohio faces chemical fallout from the train derailment:
“I’m very disappointed and I stand by those comments.” pic.twitter.com/iTEnaiwlNw
– Recount (@therecount) February 21, 2023
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Trump Visits East Palestine
The East Palestine train derailment has seen such a devastating federal response that even the usually friendly left is going after President Biden.
Former talk show host Rosie O’Donnell blasted the government’s response to the disaster and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) blasé response to public concerns about the aftermath.
“I don’t trust the EPA. I don’t trust them. After 9/11, I don’t know how anyone could,” O’Donnell said.
You know the left is screwed when you lose Rosie.
— Merissa Hansen (@merissahansen17) February 18, 2023
Podcast host Joe Rogan described the Biden administration’s response to the disaster as a “colossal failure” and pointed to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s concerns about hiring white construction workers and diversity as the cause of the “fucking disasters.”
Joe Rogan on Pete Buttigieg’s comments about white construction workers: ‘Shows an enormous lack of understanding’ pic.twitter.com/ZEieL3i4bN
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) February 17, 2023
Despite his criticism, Conaway is still extending an open invitation to President Biden.
“I’m not turning anyone away,” he insisted. “If they want to come visit, they can come visit.”
“We don’t want to be political pawns,” Conaway added. “We don’t want to be sound bites or news bait, we want to live our lives.”
Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump will He will visit East Palestine on Wednesday.
They reportedly donate thousands of gallons of cleaning supplies and more than a dozen water pallets to the community, each pallet containing a couple of thousand bottles of water.
“President Trump is meeting with the citizens of East Palestine and will never forget them and what they are doing,” an adviser to Trump told Fox News. “Contrast with Biden and the federal government, which failed from the beginning.”
JD Vance at Leslie Run near East Palestine, Ohio:
“There are dead worms and dead fish in this water. If you scrape a creek bed it’s like chemicals come out of the ground. This is disgusting! “pic.twitter.com/F6sTeeLJ73
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePress) February 16, 2023
The Biden administration on Friday — two weeks after the train derailment and subsequent controlled burns to mitigate the release of toxins into the air and water — announced that the DHS and CDC would send medical personnel and toxicologists to the area.
He made that decision only after Trump publicly announced his scheduled visit.
Residents have claimed severe health problems after the derailment, and videos of dead fish in the water have gone viral.
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