Trump Beats Biden To East Palestine Visit

Former President Donald Trump paid a visit to the people of East Palestine, Ohio, this week. While the community and neighboring areas continue to deal with health concerns after the train derailment that happened earlier this month, they have not had the courtesy of a personal visit from the president.

During his Wednesday visit, Trump encouraged the residents and let them know that they have not been forgotten. “You are not forgotten. We stand with you. We pray for you. And we will stand with you and your fight to help ensure the accountability that you deserve,” he said, addressing local leaders, first responders, and journalists at a fire station.

Trump met with East Palestine Mayor Trent Conaway, Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), Rep. Monica Robb-Blasdel (R-OH), Sen. J.D. Vance (R-0H), and Sen. Michael Rulli (R-OH). He was also joined by some other state and local officials as well as community members.

The former president did not go empty-handed. Asides from the goodwill he went with, he also gave the community lots of cleaning supplies and water from his “Trump Spring Water” brand, as residents are worried toxic chemicals may have seeped into the water from their taps.

After leaving the fire station, Trump went to a McDonald’s and bought meals for first responders alongside food for his ride home, according to AP News. He also stopped by Little Beaver Creek to assess the damage. While he was there, people gathered near him and chanted his name in appreciation of the visit and outreach.

“Thank you for not forgetting us,” a resident reportedly said to him.

Trump’s visit to East Palestine comes amid President Joe Biden’s refusal to visit the community after such a grave incident.

The train derailment had caused a large release of toxic chemicals as some train cars had hazardous chemicals in them and had to be released and burned. The toxic materials released into the air include hydrogen chloride and phosgene, a toxic gas that causes breathing trouble and vomiting.

Despite his failure to visit his own people at the Ohio town, Biden paid a visit to far-away Ukraine on Monday, a decision that served as a basis for Trump’s criticism during his speech at the firehouse.