Mayor Trent Conaway of East Palestine, Ohio, has been vocal in his criticism of President Biden for his recent visit to Kyiv, Ukraine. On Monday, the mayor expressed his frustration and disappointment that the President had chosen to visit Ukraine instead of East Palestine, which has been dealing with the hazardous waste issue following a train derailment earlier this month.
East Palestine mayor refuses to apologize for saying that Biden's visit to Kiev before going to Ohio was "a slap in the face":
“I stand by those comments. If he wants to come, he's welcome."pic.twitter.com/pgljBmuzeZ
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) February 21, 2023
In an interview with Fox, Mayor Conaway said, “That was the biggest slap in the face. That tells you right now he doesn’t care about us.” He went on to say that President Biden’s visit to Kyiv on Presidents’ Day was a sign of what kind of leader he is.
The mayor’s comments sparked a wave of criticism from those who felt he was being too harsh on the President. On Tuesday, Mayor Conaway refused to apologize for his remarks and stood by his comments. He said, “I was very frustrated, but I stand by those comments…if he wants to come, he is welcome.”
The citizens of East Palestine have been struggling with the hazardous waste issue since the train derailment and are hoping for some help from the federal government. They are hoping that President Biden will take notice of their plight and make a visit to East Palestine to help them find a solution.
Mayor Conaway’s comments have certainly put East Palestine on the map and have brought attention to their plight. It remains to be seen if President Biden will take notice and make a visit to East Palestine in the near future. Until then, the citizens of East Palestine will continue to wait and hope for a resolution to their hazardous waste issue.
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