President Joe Biden said Friday he doesn’t have plans to visit East Palestine, Ohio, where a train derailment three weeks ago led to a toxic chemical spill that’s endangered residents and wildlife for miles.
“At this moment [I’m] not,” Biden told reporters at the White House when asked whether he planned to visit the town near the border with Pennsylvania.
“The answer is that I had a long meeting with my team and what they’re doing. You know, we were there within two hours that the train went down, two hours.”
The Biden administration has faced harsh criticism from congressional Republicans, as well as residents of East Palestine, over its response to the derailment, with some arguing that the president should have visited the site instead of making a surprise trip to Ukraine earlier this week.
In a clip that was released on Saturday morning, the president was confronted with the comments from East Palestine Mayor Trent Conaway.
Instead of showing empathy, the president got noticeably defensive, holding back laughter and huffing in response before ranting about how much his administration has supposedly done.
Biden smirks and immediately gets very defensive when a journalist tells him the mayor of East Palestine, Ohio, “says he saw you in Ukraine, and he says, ‘It tells you he doesn’t care about us.'”
But don’t worry, he’s not too old. Just “watch” him:
BIDEN: "It's legitimate for people to raise issues about my age. It’s totally legitimate to do that, and the only thing I can say is, 'Watch me.'" 😬 pic.twitter.com/vNR2SFPfZO
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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in particular was slammed for delaying his first visit to East Palestine to Thursday, which was one day after former President Trump paid a visit.
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