Former President Donald Trump went to East Palestine, Ohio on Wednesday, bringing truckloads of bottled water to the site of a train derailment two weeks ago that has left residents wondering if the area is contaminated after toxic chemicals were let out of the train cars and burned to prevent an explosion.
“President Trump is meeting with the citizens of East Palestine, and he will never forget them and what they are going through. Contrast that with Biden and the federal government, who have failed them from the beginning,” Trump spokesperson Steven Cheung told Breitbart News.
“You are not forgotten. We stand with you, we pray for you,” Trump said to the people.
“Real President” taking care of residents
President Joe Biden has not visited the area, opting instead to go to Ukraine and offer support. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has also stayed away from the area.
Blue Line Moving transported 13 pallets of water to the small town, which amounted to 14,000 bottles.
“Joe Biden/Pete Buttigieg stay away! The real President is here taking care of American Citizens. Make sure those Ukrainian pensions are take care of,” Blue Line CEO John Rourke said.
“Slap in the face”
East Palestine Mayor Trent Conaway called Biden’s visit to Ukraine instead of his town “the biggest slap in the face” and said it showed Biden didn’t care about the town.
“That was the biggest slap in the face that tells you right now, he doesn’t care about us,” Conaway told Fox News host Jesse Watters earlier this week. “So … he can send every agency he wants to but I found that out this morning and one of the briefings that he was in the Ukraine giving millions of dollars away to people over there, not to us and I’m furious.”
While Ukraine is one of the last remaining policy areas where Biden hasn’t proven himself a failure (yet), his apparent lack of care for a disaster in his own country is drawing criticism from his political opponents, like Trump who is famously America first in his policies.
The derailment occurred almost three weeks ago, prompting evacuations, and residents who were told to return to their homes say they are experiencing skin irritation, nausea, and other symptoms of chemical exposure.
In addition, questions remain about water contamination, with officials saying the water is tested as safe but residents saying that there is chemical residue at the bottom of the river nearby.
Vinyl chloride, which is used to make PVC pipe, is one of the chemicals that was burned in the derailment.
While the FDA recently revised its information on this chemical and removed a section about how it affects children, state factsheets say that exposure can lead to cancers in children, miscarriage, and liver cancer in adults.