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EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (WJW) — Former President Donald Trump will visit East Palestine this week.
His son Donald Trump Jr. made the announcement Friday evening on Twitter. On Saturday, Trump’s media contact confirmed that the visit would be on Wednesday.
“If our ‘leaders’ are too afraid to actually lead real leaders will step up and fill the void,” reads the tweet by Trump Jr.
“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,” Trump said in a statement.
Trump has announced he would again seek the oval office in 2024. FOX 8 has reached out to Trump’s campaign for more information on the visit.
Also on Friday came announcements of increased federal support for the area, which is now recovering from the derailment of a Norfolk Southern train carrying toxic chemicals and trying to understand the long-term impacts the spilled materials could have.
In response to the call Thursday for more federal resources from Gov. Mike DeWine and the state’s congressional delegation, medical personnel and toxicologists are expected to arrive in the area for public health testing and assessments.
The state is expected to open a clinic early next week to address residents’ medical concerns and symptoms, the Associated Press reported.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is also mounting support.
“FEMA and the State of Ohio have been in constant contact regarding emergency operations in East Palestine,” reads a Friday statement from DeWine and FEMA’s Regional Administrator Thomas Sivak.
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“U.S. EPA and Ohio EPA have been working together since day one. [Saturday], 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.”