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POLITICS: Biden says he hasn’t ‘been able to break’ for East Palestine visit, despite Lake Tahoe getaway and DE trips

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President Biden said he hasn’t had the time to visit a small Ohio town that was devastated by a train derailment months ago, despite recently embarking on a long family getaway in Nevada and taking multiple trips to Delaware just in the last month.

Biden was giving a press conference in Live Oak, Florida on Saturday in the aftermath of Hurricane Idalia when he was asked why he hadn’t yet visited East Palestine since the Feb. 3 derailment that spewed pollutants and contaminated local water.

“I haven’t had the occasion to go to East Palestine,” the president responded. “There’s a lot going on here, and I just haven’t been able to break.”

US President Joe Biden waves as he rides his bicycle through Gordons Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on August 13, 2023. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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“I was thinking that I would go to East Palestine this week, but I’ve been reminded I’ve gotta go literally around the world,” he continued. “I’m going from Washington to India to Vietnam to – so it’s gonna be awhile. But we’re making sure that East Palestine has what they need materially in order to deal with the problem.”

Biden was criticized for not visiting East Palestine immediately following the derailment, and he has yet to travel to the area since, though he promised on March 2 to visit “at some point.”

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First Lady Jill Biden (L) sits with US President Joe Biden (R) on the beach in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on August 13, 2023.  (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

East Palestine was devastated by a derailed freight train that spewed toxic chemicals and caused health and environmental worries for locals. Although officials reassured the public that the town’s air and water were safe, residents claimed to suffer from nausea, dizziness and headaches in the days after the disaster.

During an August flight to Milwaukee, Biden nearly flew over East Palestine, which invited criticism from Ohio Republicans.

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In this photo taken with a drone, portions of a Norfolk Southern freight train that derailed the previous night in East Palestine, Ohio, remain on fire at midday on February 4, 2023. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

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Biden’s claims he hasn’t “been able to break” since the February 3 derailment came just one week after he returned from an eight-day family vacation in Nevada and several trips to Delaware just in the month of August alone.

Days before the Nevada vacation, Biden was forced to break from a vacation in Delaware to tour Maui amid criticism for his lackluster response to the deadly fires there.

Earlier in August, Biden spent 10 days vacationing at his homes in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach.

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U.S. Secret Service follows behind as President Joe Biden (L) rides his bike at Gordons Pond in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on August 2, 2023. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

The president was photographed waving to locals while riding his bicycle in Rehoboth Beach on July 31, August 1, August 2 and August 13.

He was also spotted relaxing on the beach in Rehoboth Beach on July 8, July 30, August 2 and August 13.

Joe and Jill Biden

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden sit under an umbrella at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on August 2, 2023. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

According to a new report by the New York Post, Biden has spent roughly 40% of his presidency on personal overnight trips away from the White House, more than any other president before him.

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Fox News’ Andrea Vacchiano contributed to this report.       



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