President Joe Biden claimed that his busy schedule has prevented him from visiting the disaster site in East Palestine, Ohio. However, a new report found that President Biden is taking a record number of vacation days.
Biden visited areas in Florida affected by Hurricane Idalia on Saturday from 1 p.m. until he reportedly left before 6 p.m. to go on his latest vacation at his house in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Biden surveyed the damage in Live Oak, Florida, roughly 65 miles northeast from Keaton Beach, Florida – where Hurricane Idalia made landfall on Wednesday morning.
During a press conference in Live Oak, Biden was asked why Biden traveled to the Big Bend region of Florida, but did not visit victims of the East Palestine train derailment disaster.
Biden responded, "Well, I haven't had the occasion to go to East Palestine. There's a lot going on here, and I just haven't been able to break."
The 80-year-old president claimed, "I was thinking whether I'd go to East Palestine this week, but then I was reminded I've got to go literally around the world. I'm going from Washington to India to Vietnam. And so, it's gonna be awhile."
"But we're making sure that East Palestine has what they need materially in order to deal with their problems," he asserted.
On Feb. 3, a freight train derailed in the town of East Palestine. The derailment dumped toxic chemicals into the soil and waterways. An independent testing expert found concerning rates of dangerous cancer-causing dioxins in East Palestine.
On March 2, President Biden vowed he would visit the catastrophe site "at some point." Now – 184 days later – Biden has yet to fulfill his promise of visiting East Palestine.
On the same day that Biden insisted that he has been too busy to visit East Palestine, a new report found that the president has spent 40% of his presidency on vacation.
The New York Post reported on Saturday, "As of last Sunday, Biden has spent all or part of 382 of his presidency’s 957 days – or 40% — on personal overnight trips away from the White House, putting him on pace to become America's most idle commander-in-chief, according to data calculated by the Republican National Committee and confirmed by The Post using White House reports of Biden’s movements."
The report found Biden's record vacation time beats out George H.W. Bush – who spent 36% of his presidency on personal trips away from Washington. Meanwhile, Donald Trump was at 26%, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama at 11%, and Jimmy Carter at 5% away from the White House.
Biden is expected to spend Labor Day weekend at his Delaware beach house.
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