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Trump Announces Visit to E. Palestine and FEMA Flips on Relief Aid for Ohio

'But it’s amazing what a little political one-upsmanship from Donald Trump can accomplish to push a Biden administration that is apparently only interested in optics... '

(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) The Biden regime’s Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday announced it would be sending relief resources to embattled East Palestine, Ohio, reversing course from an earlier decision, reportedly in the immediate wake of former President Donald Trump announcing he planned to visit the site of a toxic train explosion that the Biden administration has tried to downplay.

Trump announced on Friday that he would visit East Palestine, according to Rogan O’Handley, a close associate of the former president, reported Becker News.

Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine also on Friday announced that FEMA will, in a reversal from its decision the previous day, send federal resources to assist in recovery from what has been called Ohio’s Chernobyl.

“Tomorrow, FEMA will supplement federal efforts by deploying a Senior Response Official along with a Regional Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) to support ongoing operations, including incident coordination and ongoing assessments of potential long-term recovery needs,”  DeWine said in a joint statement with a FEMA regional administrator.

While the announcement didn’t specify whether the resources FEMA is now promising would include the disaster aid that was originally declined, it was a move in the right direction, which was at least in part reportedly triggered by Trump’s planned visit to East Palestine.

“But it’s amazing what a little political one-upsmanship from Donald Trump can accomplish to push a Biden administration that is apparently only interested in optics,” wrote Becker News.

The change of heart from the Biden administration might also be tied to the aged, bunker-dwelling campaigner-in-chief’s ambitions to run for another term, hoping to make headway in a battleground state that supported Trump during the 2020 tilt.

The FEMA flip, and Trump’s planned Ohio visit, come as Biden and his Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg, have yet to visit East Palestine, where residents are still struggling with the environmental fallout from the toxic spill and explosion.

The disaster was exacerbated after an allegedly controlled release-and-burn of the rail cars’ toxic chemicals, in what was reported to be a move to clear the tracks in short order. 

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