Reporter Asks Karine Jean-Pierre if Joe Biden Will Drink the Water In East Palestine When He Visits… A Year Late [Video]

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During a White House press briefing on Wednesday, a reporter, Phillip Wegmann from Real Clear News, posed a challenging question to Karine Jean-Pierre. He asked if Joe Biden intends to drink the water in East Palestine, Ohio when he visits in February.

The question momentarily caught Jean-Pierre off guard before she offered a typical, convoluted response.

Viral videos from East Palestine raised concerns about what appeared to be chemicals in the water post-disaster, despite official assurances of its safety.

Here’s a transcript of the exchange, provided by Real Clear Politics:

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PHIL WEGMANN, REALCLEARPOLITICS: Has the White Houe coordinated or discussed with DOJ any type of damage settlement or compensation for folks there who were affected by the derailment?

KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: I don’t have any specifics there, I would have to refer you to the Department of Justice on that piece. Obviously, we want to make sure that Norfolk [Southern] is held to account, we’re going to make sure that happens. We are determined to get that done. I think you’ve heard that from the Department of Transportation and Secretary Buttigieg, you’ve heard that from us many times, we want to make sure that they pay for the derailment that they caused. Obviously, that is a priority.

WEGMANN: And then next month, when the president is in East Palestine, will he drink the water there?

JEAN-PIERRE: I mean, look, what I can tell you is the president’s focus has been to do everything he can to support this community from day one. We get what’s going on on the ground, we understand what’s going on, that’s why we had the EPA and DOT and HHS and FEMA on the ground, you know, this is not about some sort of political stunt here. This is not about this president being a president for everyone and showing up, showing up for this community. That’s what this is about.

I’m not going to get into some sort of political stunts about drinking water. We’re going to focus on making sure they have what they need. The president was invited by the mayor nd community leaders, he’s going to show up. He always said he’d be there when it was most helpful.


The people know Joe Biden is only visiting because it is an election year.

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