President Joe Biden has barely acknowledged the train derailment that has caused toxic mushroom cloud of chemical death. But former President Donald Trump is making bold moves.
According to Breitbart, Trump announced this week that he will visit the stricken area next week, showing the type of presidential leadership that Biden, so far, has not.
If one were to ask residents of East Palestine, Ohio if they believe the government's response to the toxic train derailment is adequate, it's a safe bet that the answer would be a resounding "no."
“A source familiar confirms to Fox News that former President Trump will visit East Palestine, OH, on Wednesday to tour the damage of the Norfolk Southern derailment and cleanup efforts,” Fox News reporter Garrett Tenney tweeted.
Trump, on his Truth Social platform, slammed the Biden administration for denying the town much-needed FEMA assistance. He noted that it was coincidentally hours after his announced that he would visit the town that Biden greenlit the FEMA call.
"Biden and FEMA said they would not be sending federal aid to East Palestine. As soon as I announced that I’m going, he announced a team will go. Hopefully he will also be there. This is good news because we got them to "move." The people of East Palestine need help. I'll see you on Wednesday!" Trump wrote on Truth Social.
President Donald J. Trump:
“Biden and FEMA said they would not be sending federal aid to East Palestine. As soon as I announced that I’m going, he announced a team will go. Hopefully he will also be there. This is good news because we got them to ‘move.’… pic.twitter.com/PsE0Brf2vU
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) February 18, 2023
The news comes with the backdrop of Trump's recent 2024 presidential candidacy announcement.
Meanwhile, President Biden, who has suggested he'll make another run in 2024, is still suffering in the approval ratings and polls, and isn't expected to pull out of it, nor is his low-polling sidekick, Vice President Kamala Harris.
Many praised Trump on social media for his announcement that he'll visit East Palestine, remarking that it's something a true leader -- at least a leader who cares -- would do in a time of great need.
The train derailment in East Palestine is nothing short of an absolute nightmare.
Images and videos of the devastating chemical spill keep coming in. Some of them show dead aquatic life, sickened animals, and chemical sheens on the water in the creeks and lakes near the crash site.
Sen. @JDVance1: "The fact that these chemicals are still seeping into the ground is an insult to the people who live in East Palestine. Do not forget these people. We've got to keep applying pressure - that's how we're going to fix this problem." https://t.co/AN81mgEsuW
— Senator Vance Press Office (@SenVancePress) February 18, 2023
While it could take years to fully clean up the crash site and the surrounding community, not to mention the long-term cancer risks, the people of Ohio need strong leadership on the ground with them, and clearly, Biden isn't their guy.