President Joe Biden is facing criticism for failing to visit East Palestine, Ohio, following a train derailment and toxic spill that occurred over seven months ago. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre had previously assured the public that the president intended to visit the affected community on multiple occasions, but no visit has taken place.
When questioned about the delay in May, Jean-Pierre reiterated that “the president keeps to his word.” However, Biden has still not made the trip, despite Jean-Pierre’s repeated excuses and false claims. The latest explanation provided by the president himself is that he simply hasn’t had the occasion to go to East Palestine due to other commitments.
BIDEN: “I haven’t had the occasion to go to East Palestine. There’s a lot going on.” pic.twitter.com/YfQAt7DoYK
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This excuse has been met with skepticism, as Biden has found time for vacations and retreats throughout his presidency. Critics argue that the president’s failure to visit East Palestine demonstrates his lack of interest in being a true leader. They point to his disregard for Americans’ struggles and the weak excuses made on his behalf as evidence of his priorities lying elsewhere.
While Biden’s reason for not visiting East Palestine may not be unlawful, it raises questions about his dedication to serving the American people. His track record, including checking his watch during the dignified transfer of fallen service members, further undermines his credibility as a leader. Republicans argue that this is another example of Biden’s disregard for the people he claims to fight for.