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‘A Slap In The Face’: How Train Wreck Residents Feel about Biden’s Ukraine Visit

Republican Rep. Wesley Hunt of Texas said Monday that President Joe Biden’s visit to Ukraine was a “slap in the face” to residents of East Palestine, Ohio, where a train derailment led to a spill of toxic chemicals.

Biden visited Ukraine Monday prior to meetings in Poland with the Polish president and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the war in Ukraine. A train carrying toxic chemicals derailed near East Palestine, Ohio, Feb. 3, prompting evacuations and shelter-in-place orders as authorities moved to address the release of the chemicals.

“It is an absolute travesty, a slap in the face on Presidents’ Day to this nation,” Hunt told Fox Business guest host David Asman. “And by the way this visit by the president is late. Like the supplies we got to the Ukrainians were late. Like the weapons we should have gotten to them were late. And not only is he not visiting Ohio, he also is not visiting our southern border right here in Texas and we’ve seen five and a half million people enter this country illegally while on his watch.”

The United States has sent over $100 billion in aid to Ukraine, and announced they would send Ukraine 31 M1 Abrams main battle tanks in January following a December announcement that a battery of MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missiles would be provided to that country.

In joint remarks alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Biden announced an additional $500 million in aid to the war-torn country. The aid will include artillery ammunition, Javelin missiles and air surveillance radars.


“I’ve not seen him at all,” Republican Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio said of Secretary of Transportation Buttigieg during a Wednesday Fox News appearance. “I did get a call from the president. You know, the president said I’ll send you whatever you need.”

Hunt also blasted Biden over the situation on the border. United States Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) encountered over 2.3 million migrants in Fiscal Year 2022, while another 600,000 migrants evaded CBP that fiscal year, Fox News reported.

“I understand helping allies abroad financially, but you bring up Ohio, what is happening right here domestically, I think a lot of people feel like we as a country are being left out,” Hunt said. “We as a country are not a priority to our commander-in-chief and to this administration. And if we’re spending $113 billion to a country abroad to fight a war what is happening here in Ohio? What is happening here at our own southern border? And again, in my lifetime this is the worst inflation I’ve seen in my lifetime. The worst border crisis I’ve seen in my lifetime.”

Former President Donald Trump said Friday he would visit East Palestine this coming Wednesday.

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  1. Biden goes on a surprise visit to Ukraine instead of Palestine, Ohio. Are you kidding me?? And he’s yet to commit any major resources to fix the disaster. What’s the 60 Billion dollars for “Environmental Justice” in Biden’s “Inflation Reduction Act” for? “Buttigieg’s Dept. of Transportation has a budget of 203 BILLION dollars and 58,600 employees. The EPA has a budget of 68 Billion dollars and 4,000 employees.

    Here’s what’s scary, The maximum lifetime “safe” exposure to dioxins is 1/10,000th the mass of a single grain of table salt.This means if you get one drop of dioxin chemicals on you, it’s over. Massive cancer. Infertility. Spontaneous abortions, endocrine disruptions, etc. Why aren’t there hundreds and hundreds of government employees on the ground in Hazmat suits, removing the contaminated soil and cleaning up the expansive train wreck and then testing the air and water for miles around this town and even in the Ohio river? Well, because this is a poor white town in rural Ohio and they simply don’t care. If this had happened in a small black town in rural Mississippi then it would be on the news 24/7, the racist train Company would be bankrupted after they were forced to pay all the residents millions in compensation and damages and they would all be given new homes in a safe location.

    Buttigieg hasn’t even been there to look at his wrecked trains because he is too busy talking about “racist roads” and too many “white workers in construction hats”. It’s abhorrent and disgusting that this “woke” Socialist government cares more about illegals and Ukrainians, than its own citizens.

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