President Joe Biden traveled to Florida in the aftermath of hurricane Idalia and a reporter asked why, after going to Maui and the sunshine state he hasn’t gone to East Palenstine Ohio yet.
“I haven’t had the occasion to go to East Palestine. There’s a lot going on here, and I just haven’t been able to break,” Biden said. “I was thinking about I’d go to East Palestine this week but then I was reminded I’ve gotta go literally around the world. I’m going from, from Washington to India to Vietnam to — and so it’s gonna be awhile but we’re making sure that East Palestine has what they need materially in order to deal with their problems.”
BIDEN: “I haven’t had the occasion to go to East Palestine. There’s a lot going on.” pic.twitter.com/YfQAt7DoYK
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 3, 2023
On August 15, 2023 it was reported that Biden flew directly over East Palestine on his way to Milawaukee, Wisoncone for a “Bidenomics” speech.
From Fox News:
President Biden nearly flew directly over East Palestine, Ohio, on Tuesday, the town he promised to visit in March following a disastrous train derailment that took place there a month earlier, but has yet to do so.
Biden’s flight path aboard Air Force One while heading to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for an event touting “Bidenomics,” his administration’s economic agenda, flew within 20 miles of East Palestine, according to public flight data.
A freight train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in East Palestine on Feb. 3, spurring environmental and health concerns among residents there.
On March 2, Biden promised he would visit the small town “at some point” after growing pressure to do so from both sides of the aisle, but White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the next day that the administration didn’t “have a plan” for him to visit despite making the promise.