Rumors started swirling on Friday evening that former president and 2024 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had plans to visit the site of the East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment.
People close to Trump, like personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and Trump 2016 presidential campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, wrote tweets over the past 24 hours, hinting that he was heading that way.
Rep. Lauren Boebert, who is also an ally of Trump, wrote:
President Trump is heading to East Palestine next week.
Biden has announced no such plans.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) February 18, 2023
But there’s a difference between rumored plans and actual plans. Now, Donald Trump has confirmed that it’s official in a new press release:
President Donald J. Trump:
“Biden and FEMA said they would not be sending federal aid to East Palestine. As soon as I announced that I’m going, he announced a team will go. Hopefully he will also be there. This is good news because we got them to ‘move.’… pic.twitter.com/PsE0Brf2vU
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) February 18, 2023
Biden and FEMA said they would not be sending federal aid to East Palestine. As soon as I announced that I’m going, he announced a team will go. Hopefully he will also be there. This is good news because we got them to “move.” The people of East Palestine need help. I’ll see you on Wednesday!
Let’s leave aside for now the speculation by the former president on the timing of the federal funds for East Palestine residents.
That said, anytime there’s a reaction like this from Meghan McCain, you can be assured you’re on the right track:
Trump visiting the “Chernobyl of the Midwest” environmental disaster in Palestine, Ohio before @PeteButtigieg & President Biden is just shameful on the part of this administration.
I continue to just be shocked and appalled the White House is ignoring this… https://t.co/a4v5TszTSs
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) February 17, 2023
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