Donald Trump delivers his own brand bottled water to Ohio town hit by toxic train derailment
Former President Donald Trump brought cases of his own branded bottled Trump Water to the Ohio town devastated by a toxic train derailment.
Upon arriving in East Palestine on Wednesday, Trump said he was ‘bringing water, Trump water, actually, most of it’ to families in the impacted area. Trump stood next to a pallet of his waters with light blue labels and ‘Trump spring water’ printed.
Trump added: ‘Some of it, we had to go to a much lesser quality water.’
It was not immediately known what fraction of Trump’s donated bottles were of his own brand.
Trump arrived in East Palestine hours before President Joe Biden’s Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was set to visit the town. A freight train carrying hazardous materials derailed there on February 3 and burned for two days, and officials conducted a controlled burn to release hydrogen chloride and phosgene.
The former president also brought 13 pallets of food to families. Trump then went to a local McDonald’s and ordered Big Macs for first responders.
‘I know this menu better than you do. I probably know it better than anybody in here,’ Trump, a known McDonald’s fan, told a server at the fast food restaurant. Trump asked the workers to ‘knock it out fast’ so he could eat on his plane.
Trump boarded his Trump Force One plane as Biden flew back from a three-day trip to Eastern Europe that included a visit to Ukraine ahead of the one-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion.
Biden has faced criticism from some Americans for flying to Ukraine instead of visiting East Palestine.
Hundreds of people in the Ohio town chanted ‘no more Joe’ and waved MAGA flags as Trump landed.
Speaking from a fire department station, Trump told residents that they were ‘not forgotten’ and praised their ‘strength and courage’.
When asked what he would say to Biden, Trump said: ‘Get over here.’
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