Trent Conaway, mayor of East Palestine, Ohio, site of a disastrous train derailment earlier this month that released toxic chemicals into the air, onto the ground, and into the water of that community, slammed President Biden over his surprise visit to Ukraine.
Conaway made an appearance on a broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Jesse Watters Primetime” earlier this week.
Despite the ongoing environmental crisis in East Palestine, Biden chose to spend his President’s Day visiting the war-torn Eastern European country of Ukraine.
“That was the biggest slap in the face that tells you right now, he doesn’t care about us,” Conaway told Waters, noting that news of Biden’s overseas visit made him “furious.”
East Palestine, Ohio Mayor Trent Conaway: “I found out today through one of the briefings that [Biden] was in the Ukraine giving millions to people over there and doing nothing for us. I’m furious.”pic.twitter.com/8jn32aI4kc
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) February 21, 2023
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East Palestine Mayor Lays Into Biden’s Misplaced Priorities
East Palestine Mayor Trent Conaway blasted President Biden for promising more aid to Ukraine even as his community struggles to secure federal aid for their emergency situation.
“So … he can send every agency he wants to but I found that out this morning and one of the briefings that he was in the Ukraine giving millions of dollars away to people over there, not to us, and I’m furious,” he seethed.
Conaway’s criticism comes as Biden announced yet another roughly $500 million in aid for Ukraine’s war effort, on top of the over $100 billion already sent or promised by the United States.
By Tuesday, the East Palestine mayor refused to apologize for his comments about Biden.
“I was very frustrated, but I stand by those comments … if he wants to come, he is welcome,” Conaway said.
East Palestine Mayor Trent Conaway defends saying it was “the biggest slap in the face” for President Biden to visit Ukraine while Ohio deals with chemical fallout from the train derailment:
“I was very frustrated, and I stand by those comments.” pic.twitter.com/iTEnaiwlNw
— The Recount (@therecount) February 21, 2023
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Trump Visiting East Palestine
The East Palestine train derailment has seen such a disastrous federal response that even normally friendly leftists have been going after President Biden.
Former talk show host Rosie O’Donnell blasted the government response to the disaster and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) subsequent blasé reaction to public concerns.
“I don’t trust the EPA. I don’t trust them. After 9/11, I don’t know how anyone could,” O’Donnell said.
You know the left is screwed when you lose Rosie.
H/t @Yolo304741 pic.twitter.com/CaNWO7I2EL
— Merissa Hansen (@merissahansen17) February 18, 2023
Podcast host Joe Rogan described the Biden administration’s response to the disaster as a “colossal failure” and pointed to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s concerns about white construction workers and diversity hiring as leading to “fucking disasters.”
Joe Rogan on Pete Buttigieg’s comments on White construction workers: “Shows a profound lack of understanding” pic.twitter.com/ZEieL3i4bN
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) February 17, 2023
Despite his criticism, Conaway is still extending an open invitation to President Biden.
“I would never turn anybody away,” he insisted. “If he wants to come visit, he can come visit.”
“We don’t want to be political pawns,” added Conaway. “We don’t want to be a sound bite or a news bite, we just want to go back to living our lives.”
Former President Donald Trump, meanwhile, will be making a visit to East Palestine on Wednesday.
He will reportedly donate thousands of gallons of cleaning supplies and more than a dozen pallets of water to the community, with each pallet holding a couple of thousand bottles of water.
“President Trump is meeting with the citizens of East Palestine and will never forget them and what they are going through,” an adviser to Trump told Fox News. “Contrast that with Biden and the federal government who has failed them from the beginning.”
JD Vance at Leslie Run near East Palestine, Ohio:
“There’s dead worms and dead fish all through this water. If you scrape the creek bed it’s like chemicals coming out of the ground. This is disgusting!”pic.twitter.com/F6sTeeLJ73
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) February 16, 2023
The Biden administration on Friday – more than two weeks after the train derailment and subsequent controlled burn to mitigate the release of toxins into the air and water – announced it would send DHS and CDC medical personnel and toxicologists to the area.
They made that decision only after Trump’s scheduled visit had been publicly announced.
Residents have claimed severe health issues following the derailment, while videos of dead fish in the water have gone viral.
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Hey. It is fly-over America! The East coast and the Left coast do not GAF.
The dems lie for Biden and make excuses for his terrible behavior. Biden has made it clear that he much prefers posturing before foreign leaders than taking care of pressing issues at home. We are in grave danger!
This is what happens when you choose your staff based on what box they check off. Pete Buttigeig is gay so he checks off a box. Kamala Harris is a black woman so she checks off 2 boxes.
I don’t believe Biden has a clue about where he is today. He’ll wake up and find out he’s someplace in Europe…uh, what for again?
Biden sucks as a president and we know that Buttigieg does. Both need to be run out of the country. The America people are getting fed up with their antics.
What does Buttigieg know about all forms of transportation within our country? He was only a mayor of South Bend, Indiana given this responsibility as a favor from Biden.
He has failed tremendously with the supply chain ever since he took office. So now he joins the EPA, the Governor of Ohio, and Norfolk Southern along with corp. owners Blackrock and Vanguard in just ignoring the dangerously exposed toxins that will seriously harm and kill all living things in the area exposed by the burnoff and the burrying of serious toxins into the environment.
This is a good example of how all the listed above care about the people of East Palestine, Ohio and any other Americans who have been harmed with other incidents that have been happening in our country. No one cares about the American people any more. They come last.
Malicious intentions, that’s what Mr Biden would bring to East Palestine… IF he even shows up. Mr Biden is doing exactly what the WEF and China wants him too, intentionally destroying our country… we stand in the way of Authoritarian Globalization. I used to be shocked just thinking this government was capable of systematically killing the citizens… that thought no longer shocks me… it angers me. This installed jackazz should be impeached!!
i wonder if the reason biden is in the ukraine has anything to do with the business he and hunter has done in the past. shame on biden for not helping out the american people who ned help. maybe now the american people will see what biden is really like