Trump Comments After FEMA Announces Help for East Palestine

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( – Former President Trump visited East Palestine, Ohio on February 22, following the derailment of the train. Following the confirmation of his trip last week, Trump took to Truth Social to claim that his decision to visit the area has spurred the administration into action.

He said that Biden and FEMA previously rejected East Palestine’s request for federal assistance. However, as soon as Trump announced his visit, they changed their mind and announced that an assisting team would visit the area. He concluded that the residents of East Palestine required assistance.

President Joe Biden had initially denied Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro’s and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s request for federal assistance. As recently as February 16, DeWine posted on Twitter that his administration had been in frequent contact with FEMA, but it kept saying Ohio was not “eligible for assistance.” However, the very next day, FEMA posted on Twitter revealing it would “supplement federal efforts” by sending a team and a Senior Response Official to help out.

According to Newsmax, the Biden admin defended their original decision despite the fact that many local leaders and Congress members demanded that the administration provide more assistance to handle the toxic freight train derailment.

Following the derailment, toxic chemicals were spilled or burned off in the area. This resulted in the area being evacuated due to fears of contamination. Residents of East Palestine have also started questioning the state and federal response.

National Transportation Safety Board, The Environmental Protection Agency, and other agencies assisted with the Norfolk Southern train derailment within hours of the incident.

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