Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is facing criticism for snapping at Daily Caller reporter Jennie Taer when asked about the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio that occurred on February 6th.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has recently come under fire for his response to a question posed by Daily Caller reporter Jennie Taer regarding the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. The incident occurred on February 6th and resulted in a toxic explosion that contaminated the water supply in the area. Despite this, both Buttigieg and President Biden failed to acknowledge the disaster until nearly three weeks after the incident. When asked about the derailment, Buttigieg declined to comment further and instead directed Taer to his previous interviews before taking a photo with her.
This response prompted outrage among some conservatives, with some suggesting that Buttigieg was adding Taer to a list of critical journalists. In contrast, former President Donald Trump visited the area and distributed Trump-branded water bottles and canned food to assist the affected communities. With no visits from the Biden administration, Buttigieg became the first Biden official to visit East Palestine, Ohio, nearly three weeks after the disaster occurred.
“I asked Secretary Buttigieg about the crisis in East Palestine and I guess he didn’t like that so he took a pic of me. Im just doing my job, sir. @DailyCaller”
— Jennie Taer (@JennieSTaer) February 22, 2023
Despite the train derailment occurring on February 6th, this is Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s first time going to East Palestine, Ohio, and seeing the aftermath of the toxic explosion which resulted in toxic materials entering the water supply in the area – an entire three weeks later.
Controversy has also surrounded President Biden, as he also has not visited East Palestine, and has no plans to do so.
Both Buttigieg and Biden waited nearly three weeks to even acknowledge the catastrophic train derailment.
Daily Caller reporter Jennie Taer approached Buttigieg and asked what he had to say to those affected by the derailment and subsequent chemical leak. Buttigieg directed Taer to his previous interviews and declined to comment further, citing personal time. When Taer asked if he would share his message with her, Buttigieg declined again but asked to take a photo with her before ending the conversation.
Buttigieg’s response prompted outrage among some conservatives on social media, with some suggesting he was adding Taer to a list of critical journalists. Others criticized Buttigieg for waiting nearly three weeks to visit the site of the derailment and releasing a statement on the incident almost two weeks after it occurred.
Buttigieg continued to be a mouth-piece for the Biden White House, as he attempted to rip former President Donald Trump following his visit yesterday, saying:
“[that there are] two kinds of people who visit the scene of a disaster,]
“people who are there because they have a specific job to do and are there to get something done, and people who are there to look good and have their picture taken.”
Former US President Donald Trump made a visit to East Palestine, Ohio, in the aftermath of a toxic train derailment and distributed his branded water bottles, cleaning supplies, and canned food to assist the affected communities. Approximately 22,500 bottles of Trump-branded spring water were distributed to East Palestine residents by Trump to address concerns about the potential contamination of the area’s water supply following the controlled burning of the toxic chemicals from the derailment. This amounted to 13 pallets of water bottles.
Trump then got a packed crowd at an East Palestine McDonald’s, where he bought meals for the town’s police and fire departments, as well as everyone else in the restaurant, all while giving out several MAGA hats:
On Thursday, Buttigieg became the first Biden administration official to visit East Palestine, although former President Donald Trump already beat them to visit the area. President Joe Biden, who chose to travel overseas to support Ukraine, did not visit the residents of East Palestine, Ohio.