The Biden Administration made it clear this week that it would not be offering disaster assistance to residents in East Palestine, Ohio. Governor Mike DeWine said Thursday that he had asked the Biden administration’s FEMA for federal assistance but had been denied, according to The Daily Wire.
“Ohio Governor Mike DeWine spoke with officials at the White House early this morning to address the need for federal help,” DeWine’s office said in a statement. “As a result of this conversation, the Governor has requested assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health and Emergency Response Team, and the CDC to provide on-the-ground assistance in East Palestine.”
“The DeWine Administration has been in daily contact with FEMA to discuss the need for federal support, however FEMA continues to tell Governor DeWine that Ohio is not eligible for assistance at this time,” the statement continued. “Governor DeWine will continue working with FEMA to determine what assistance can be provided.”
But Kentucky Senator Rand Paul had an idea on how to get aid from the Biden Administration.
“I mean, it’s worth a shot,” Paul said, sharing a picture of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine wearing a mask of Ukrainian President Zelenskyy.
I mean, it’s worth a shot pic.twitter.com/NSsxc8bO8t
— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) February 17, 2023