Donald Trump Jr believes that Russia is behind the recent train derailments in Ohio and Michigan, saying that it’s Vladimir Putin’s revenge for the destruction of the Nord Stream gas pipelines in Europe in September.
‘Are we under attack? Does anyone believe you can have all of these major train derailments, all with severe environmental consequences, and it’s just total coincidence? Why have we not seen anyone even asking if this is perhaps retribution for our supposed attack on Nordstream 2?,’ the ex-president’s eldest son tweeted Friday.
The derailment of a toxin-laden ‘bomb train’ in East Palestine, Ohio, on February 3 created an environmental disaster in the surrounding area. While on Thursday, a train hauling hazardous materials derailed Thursday near Detroit, but none spilled, officials said. Both were operated by Norfolk Southern railroad company.
Last year, attacks on the Nord Stream gas pipelines, connecting Russia and Germany, spewed gas into the Baltic Sea. Sweden and Denmark, where the explosions occurred, have concluded the pipelines were blown up deliberately.
Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1970, wrote last week – citing an unidentified source – that US Navy divers had destroyed the pipelines with explosives on the orders of President Joe Biden.
The ex-president’s eldest son believes the US is under attack over the destruction of the Nord Stream gas pipeline in Europe in September
A photo showing an explosion the day after the February 3 derailment in East Palestine, Ohio
The United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have called the incident ‘an act of sabotage.’ Moscow has blamed the West. Neither side has provided evidence.
After that report was published, White House National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson called it ‘utterly false and complete fiction.’
On Thursday, Trump Jr. first linked the derailments to Nord Stream 2, mistakenly calling it Nordstrom, in a tweet.
In another tweet on Thursday, Trump Jr. questioned the media’s ethics asking: ‘Is media that’s stupid and or bought and paid for that they wouldn’t even be questioning it? WTF?’
The Trump Organization’s executive vice president did not offer any evidence to back up his messages.
Also on Thursday, Russia demanded that the United Nations Security Council set up an independent inquiry into the pipeline explosions.
Russia gave the 15-member council a draft resolution on Friday, seen by Reuters, which would ask U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to establish an international investigation into the ‘sabotage’ and identify who was to blame.
An incendiary report by Seymour Hersh (pictured) a Pulitzer prize-winning U.S. journalist, points the finger squarely at the CIA
Hersh alleges the orders can be traced all the way back up the chain of command to the U.S.’s commander-in-chief himself, President Joe Biden
Trump Jr went on to allege that the Biden administration doesn’t care about the derailments in Michigan and Ohio because they have impacted predominantly white communities.
The town of East Palestine is 98 percent white while the Van Buren Township in Michigan where Thursday’s derailment occurred is 82 percent white.
‘Maybe if the people of East Palestine Ohio pretend they’re Palestinians from the Middle East the Biden administration will actually pay some attention to them and send them aid,’ Trump Jr wrote on Truth Social.
Since the derailment in western Ohio, residents have complained about headaches and irritated eyes and finding their cars and lawns covered in soot. The hazardous chemicals that spilled from the train killed thousands of fish, and residents have talked about finding dying or sick pets and wildlife.
Residents are frustrated by what they say is incomplete and vague information about the lasting effects from the disaster, which prompted evacuations.
On Friday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine confirmed that a FEMA team would be deployed in the region to support cleanup operations, nearly two weeks after the crash.
Officials conducted a ‘controlled explosion’ of trains carrying vinyl chloride on February 6
A graph of the data published by the Federal Railroad Administration shows six times more Norfolk Southern hazmat cars were damaged in 2022 than in 2012, amid a general uptick
Residents fear for their safety more than two weeks later after the massive fire sent huge clouds of toxic smoke over the town
The train in East Palestine, Ohio, derailed before authorities carried out a ‘controlled explosion’ to release chemicals that were being carried in several of the cars
EPA Administrator Michael Regan said Thursday that anyone who is fearful of being in their home should seek testing from the government.
‘People have been unnerved. They’ve been asked to leave their homes,’ he said, adding that if he lived there, he would be willing to move his family back into the area as long as the testing shows it’s safe.
At least five lawsuits have been filed against the train’s operator, Norfolk Southern, which announced this week that it is creating a $1 million fund to help the community while continuing to remove spilled contaminants from the ground and streams and monitoring air quality.
‘We are here and will stay here for as long as it takes to ensure your safety and to help East Palestine recover and thrive,’ Norfolk Southern President and CEO Alan Shaw said in a letter to the community.
Families who evacuated said they want assistance figuring out how to get the promised financial help. Beyond that, they want to know whether the railroad will be held responsible.
State and federal officials have promised to make sure Norfolk Southern not only pays for the cleanup but also reimburses residents.
The White House said teams from the federal health and emergency response and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will go to East Palestine.
It left the tracks damaged, and the wheels disconnected from some rail cars
A train with at least one car carrying hazardous materials derailed outside Detroit on Thursday
While video recorded of the Thursday derailment in Van Buren Township showed that more than a half-dozen cars derailed, some of them left sideways across the tracks.
The derailment just before 9 a.m. west of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport left the tracks damaged and wheels disconnected from some rail cars.
Police said there were no reported injuries and no evidence that hazardous materials were exposed in the derailment.
Authorities urged drivers and residents to avoid the area while they investigated. Several roads were temporarily closed by the derailment.