Biden Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has a new excuse for his horrible handling of the train disaster in Ohio. It’s Trump’s fault!
Buttigieg is trying to suggest that policies put in place in 2018 under Trump prevented the implementation of policies that would have stopped this disaster from happening.
Is Trump also preventing him from doing anything about it now? Because it sure doesn’t look like he is doing very much.
FOX News reports:
Pete Buttigieg blames Trump for Ohio train derailment amid criticism: ‘We’re constrained’
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg shifted part of the blame for the recent derailment of a train carrying toxic chemicals in Ohio on the Trump administration reversing a little-known safety rule.
Buttigieg noted Tuesday evening that his agency had taken a series of steps to improve rail safety through “historic investments,” but said it was constrained by the Trump administration action. In 2018, the Department of Transportation (DOT) withdrew a rule proposed three years earlier requiring trains carrying certain dangerous chemicals to utilize electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brakes, saying the technology’s benefits were inconclusive.
“In the wake of the East Palestine derailment and its impact on hundreds of residents, we’re seeing lots of newfound or renewed (and welcome) interest in our work on rail safety, so I wanted to share more about what we’ve been doing in this area,” Buttigieg tweeted.
“We’re constrained by law on some areas of rail regulation (like the braking rule withdrawn by the Trump administration in 2018 because of a law passed by Congress in 2015), but we are using the powers we do have to keep people safe,” the transportation secretary added. “And of course, I’m always ready to work with Congress on furthering (or in some cases, restoring) our capacity to address rail safety issues.”
What a lame excuse. Buttigieg is useless.
It’s 2023 @PeteButtigieg.
Stop blaming Trump.https://t.co/aQjGqJNkyB
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) February 15, 2023
#Buttigieg is blaming #Trump for the #OhioTrainDisaster – PATHETIC! #MayorPete took 10 days to address the crisis, has lied about & sought to cover up the massive damage caused by the controlled release & burn of deadly chemicals that has poisoned local residents. He must RESIGN!
— Jeff Kuhner (@TheKuhnerReport) February 16, 2023
This is the state of the Biden administration: Blame Trump for something that happened exclusively under their watch.
Pete Buttigieg is a complete embarrassment and would have been fired months ago if he performed this poorly in the private sector. https://t.co/yRBsDF8Q9q
— Dan K. Eberhart (@DanKEberhart) February 15, 2023
Buttigieg’s hopes of running for president are going up in smoke along with the burning chemicals in Ohio.