The Daily Mail reports that Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, during his recent trip to East Palestine, Ohio, had to sit and wait to speak with Mayor Trent Conaway for at least half an hour.
Some words that come to mind are "humiliating" and "embarrassing," but also "well deserved." Read on to understand why.
This all took place on Thursday, Feb. 23, when Buttigieg finally, after 20 days, decided to make the trip to East Palestine, Ohio.
East Palestine is the site of the recent train derailment. On Feb. 3, a Norfolk Southern train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed in East Palestine, sending these hazardous chemicals into the surrounding environment.
Buttigieg and the federal government have faced intense criticism for their lackluster response to the crash, which, in a sense, is summed up by the fact that Buttigieg, the secretary of the Department of Transportation, waited some 20 days before making a stop in East Palestine.
It is perhaps no coincidence that Buttigieg finally decided to make this trip after former President Donald Trump made his own trip to the crash site. Trump, while there, gave a speech criticizing the federal government's response, purchased food for emergency responders, and distributed bottled water to the local community.
It is also worth noting that East Palestine, Ohio, is very Red - very pro-Trump. Whether or not these factors played into Buttigieg and the Biden administration's lackluster response to the train derailment is for the reader to decide.
Whatever the case may be, Buttigieg finally made the trip on Thursday. One thing that is safe to say is that he didn't receive the red carpet treatment.
The Daily Mail reports:
Pete Buttigieg had to wait his turn behind Rudy Giuliani to speak with East Palestine's Mayor Trent Conaway on Thursday after putting off for 20 days a visit to the Ohio village thrown into chaos after a toxic train derailment earlier this month. While Giuliani spoke with Mayor Conaway on Thursday, Transportation Secretary Buttigieg waited in the hall for at least 30 minutes.
To make matters even worse for Buttigieg and the Biden administration, Conaway had nothing but good things to say about his meeting with Giuliani.
I am grateful to Mayor Giuliani for being here to help us. My top priority is to ensure the health and safety of the people of this city and our region. I will work with anyone who wants to help East Palestine, and their partisan affiliation is irrelevant to me.
Previously, Conaway had slammed the Biden administration for its lackluster response to the train derailment.
Conaway referred to the fact that President Joe Biden visited Ukraine but not East Palestine as "the biggest slap in the face."
Conaway appears to have returned the favor by making Buttigieg wait.