In light of his town’s ongoing struggle with the chemical aftermath from a train catastrophe, the mayor of East Palestine, Ohio, called President Biden’s visit to Ukraine the “greatest smack in the face” on Monday.
When East Palestine Mayor Trent Conaway appeared on Fox News from Poland, host Chris Wallace asked him about Biden’s surprise visit to Kyiv the previous day.
“That was the biggest slap in the face that tells you right now, he doesn’t care about us,” Conaway said to broadcaster Jesse Watters. “So … I discovered out this morning from one of the briefings that he was in the Ukraine handing out millions of dollars to individuals there, not to us, and I’m upset. He can send whatever agencies he wants.
Sure enough, it’s Presidents Day here in the United States. He said, “He’s… over in Ukraine.” That’s the kind of guy he is, so there you have it.
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In the days leading up to the one year anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Vice President Joe Biden paid a visit to the country’s capital of Kyiv to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Biden pledged an additional $500 million in aid for Ukraine during his surprise visit, and he said the trip was meant to express U.S. support and solidarity for the country.
Conaway’s comments follow those of other prominent Republicans who have attacked Biden for ignoring domestic matters like immigration and national security in favor of a surprise trip to Ukraine, as has been the case since before Conaway’s comments.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) stated of President Trump in a Fox News interview, “We have a lot of problems piling here in our own country that he is overlooking, including poverty, immigration, and national security.”
The GOP has also criticized the Biden administration for how they handled the recent disaster of a Norfolk Southern train carrying dangerous chemicals near the Pennsylvania state line. A big fire broke out as a result of the event, and police were forced to evacuate roughly 2,400 people from the nearby region.
Norfolk Southern claims that some of the freight cars contained both hazardous goods and nonhazardous materials. The hazardous contaminants included vinyl chloride, flammable liquids, butyl acrylate, and benzene residue.
The East Palestine Fire Department assured villagers last week that they may return home, but warned them to stay away from the railroad. This came after several villagers had expressed concerns about the safety of the area’s air and water for humans, animals, and crops following the disaster.
As a result, Norfolk Southern Railway has announced a $1 million philanthropic fund project to aid the East Palestine community, which would entail the distribution of more than 100 air purifiers to local inhabitants.