White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dodged when questioned Tuesday about President Biden’s claim he hasn’t visited East Palestine, Ohio, the site of a major train disaster earlier this year, because he hasn’t “been able to break.”
The exchange occurred during the daily White House press briefing when Fox News’ Peter Doocy noted the derailment occurred on Feb. 3, but that Biden, despite his claim, had taken other personal trips — including one to Lake Tahoe last month when he rented the secluded mansion of a billionaire climate activist.
“I will say this again. The president is going to go to East Palestine, as he has said that he is committed to do,” Jean-Pierre said.
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“You noticed him, simply this Saturday, go to a rural space. Proper? That was devastated — some elements had been devastated by Hurricane Idalia, and he was there with the primary woman. They had been capable of hear straight from the American individuals, and he was capable of discuss what’s it that they want… what else do they want from the federal authorities. So the president goes to go to East Palestine. I haven’t got a time or date to announce right now, however he’ll go,” she added.
East Palestine was devastated by a derailed freight practice that spewed poisonous chemical substances and precipitated well being and environmental worries for locals. Though officers reassured the general public that the city’s air and water had been protected, residents claimed to undergo from nausea, dizziness and complications within the days after the catastrophe.
Biden was sharply criticized for not visiting East Palestine instantly following the derailment, and he has but to journey to the world since, although he promised on March 2 to go to “in some unspecified time in the future.”
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Biden’s claims he hasn’t “been capable of break” for the reason that Feb. 3 derailment got here only one week after he returned from an eight-day household trip in Nevada and a number of other journeys to Delaware simply within the month of August alone.
Days earlier than the Nevada trip, Biden was pressured to interrupt from a trip in Delaware to tour Maui amid criticism for his lackluster response to the lethal fires there.
Earlier in August, Biden spent 10 days vacationing at his properties in Wilmington and Rehoboth Seaside.
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The president was photographed waving to locals whereas using his bicycle in Rehoboth Seaside on July 31, Aug. 1, Aug. 2 and Aug. 13.
He was additionally noticed stress-free on the seashore in Rehoboth Seaside on July 8, July 30, Aug. 2 and Aug. 13.
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In keeping with a brand new report by the New York Publish, Biden has spent roughly 40% of his presidency on private in a single day journeys away from the White Home, greater than every other president earlier than him.