President Joe Biden pledged to visit the site of the train derailment cataclysm in East Palestine, Ohio, "at some point," Breitbart reported. He said this to reporters Thursday, nearly a month after the accident first happened.
The derailment and ensuing controlled burn of the train's payload, the dangerous chemical vinyl chloride, has residents there sick and worried. The small town lies between the Ohio and Pennsylvania border, not too far from Washington D.C.
However, Biden has yet to set foot in the area and seems unwilling to make it a priority. "I’ve spoken with every official in Ohio, Democrat and Republican, on a continuing basis, as in Pennsylvania," Biden said.
"I laid out a little bit in there what I think the answers are … and we will be implementing an awful lot to the legislation here," he added. "I will be out there at some point," the president claimed without providing an exact date or even a vague idea.
Meanwhile, Biden jetted off half a world away to Ukraine in a surprise visit to the embattled nation even as East Palestine was in the thick of the disaster. This did not escape East Palestine Mayor Trent R. Conaway's notice.
"That tells you right now he doesn’t care about us," he told Jesse Watters and Fox News. "So, he can send every agency he wants to, but I found that out this morning in one of the briefings that he was in…Ukraine, giving millions of dollars away to people over there, and not to us, and I’m furious," Conway added.
Biden slipped into Kyiv on Feb. 20 and brought with him the promise of $500 million more dollars in aid, Reuters reported. "Freedom is priceless. It is worth fighting for as long as it takes," Biden told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
"And that's how long we're going to be with you, Mr. President. As long as it takes," Biden pledged even as the people of East Palestine were still grappling with the ecological and public health threats in their town.
Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump, using his own resources, visited East Palestine, Ohio, to help these struggling Americans. He brought food, supplies, and a morale boost to the people of that tiny town.
Trump even generously bought everyone McDonald's earlier in the day, and the mayor was profoundly grateful for all of it. "We as a community would like to thank President Trump for coming up here and shedding some light on the situation we are currently in," Conaway said.
That apparently kicked the administration into high gear as the next day, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg hastily made his way to the site, Fox News reported. Despite his key position in a situation like this, Buttigieg waited nearly three weeks before taking any action.
"This is the right time for Norfolk Southern to take a leadership position within the rail industry, shifting to a posture that focuses on supporting, not thwarting, efforts to raise the standard of U.S. rail safety regulation," Buttigieg said in a letter. "It is imperative that your company be unambiguous and forthright in its commitment to take care of the residents — now and in the future."
The train that derailed was a Norfolk Southern freighter that was 50 cars long. Ten of those cars contained dangerous chemicals, including the vinyl chloride that authorities eventually decided to burn off, creating a toxic plume.
Biden's lack of care for the people of East Palestine, Ohio, is disgraceful. Whether he eventually makes his way there is irrelevant -- his actions thus far reveal his callous attitude toward the suffering of ordinary Americans.