A reporter really requested Karine Jean-Pierre a contact query through the White Home press briefing on Wednesday.
Phillip Wegmann of Actual Clear Information requested KJP if Biden is planning to drink the water in East Palestine, Ohio when he finally visits there in February. The query left KJP stammering for a second earlier than she launched right into a typical word-salad reply.
Folks in East Palestine made viral movies of what appeared to be chemicals in the water after the disaster, regardless of officers declaring that the water was secure.
Real Clear Politics gives a transcript:
PHIL WEGMANN, REALCLEARPOLITICS: Has the White Houe coordinated or mentioned with DOJ any kind of harm settlement or compensation for folk there who have been affected by the derailment?
KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: I don’t have any specifics there, I must refer you to the Division of Justice on that piece. Clearly, we wish to make it possible for Norfolk [Southern] is held to account, we’re going to make it possible for occurs. We’re decided to get that accomplished. I feel you’ve heard that from the Division of Transportation and Secretary Buttigieg, you’ve heard that from us many instances, we wish to make it possible for they pay for the derailment that they induced. Clearly, that may be a precedence.
WEGMANN: After which subsequent month, when the president is in East Palestine, will he drink the water there?
JEAN-PIERRE: I imply, look, what I can let you know is the president’s focus has been to do the whole lot he can to help this group from day one. We get what’s happening on the bottom, we perceive what’s happening, that’s why we had the EPA and DOT and HHS and FEMA on the bottom, you understand, this isn’t about some form of political stunt right here. This isn’t about this president being a president for everybody and exhibiting up, exhibiting up for this group. That’s what that is about.
I’m not going to get into some form of political stunts about ingesting water. We’re going to deal with ensuring they’ve what they want. The president was invited by the mayor nd group leaders, he’s going to indicate up. He at all times mentioned he’d be there when it was most useful.
Right here’s the video:
.@PhilipWegmann: “After which, subsequent month, when the President is in East Palestine, will he drink the water there?”
KJP: “I imply, look, what I can let you know is the President’s focus has been to do the whole lot that he can to help this group from day one. We get what’s happening… pic.twitter.com/CS4Gm1vTAz
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) January 31, 2024
Critics have identified that the one purpose Biden is lastly going there’s as a result of it’s an election 12 months.