Skewed Priorities? Freezing Texas Dropped From Biden's Agenda as POTUS Visits Michigan, Wisconsin

© REUTERS / Mikala Compton A neighborhood experiences a power outage after winter weather caused electricity blackouts in San Marcos
A neighborhood experiences a power outage after winter weather caused electricity blackouts in San Marcos - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.02.2021
As strange as it may seem US President Joe Biden has yet to visit Texas, where severe winter storms have already killed at least 30 people. POTUS, who earlier got around to visiting Michigan and Wisconsin, explained that his trip to Texas should not create "a burden for the folks” trying to tackle the weather crisis.

President Joe Biden's recent visits to the crucial battleground states of Michigan and Wisconsin have prompted some political analysts to wonder whether POTUS is already considering re-election in 2024.

Fox News, however, cited an unnamed Democratic source as saying that re-election isn't "top of mind" for Biden and his political advisers.

The source argued that promoting his administration's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package could be seen as one of the goals of Biden's visits to Michigan and Wisconsin.

"These states check several boxes. You have unemployment numbers that are slightly above the national average. In Wisconsin, you have competitive Senate and gubernatorial races that are going to heat up. There's political reasons and real policy reasons, and the rescue package resonates in these Midwestern rust belt states in a particular way", the insider asserted.

Oddly enough, the source remained tight-lipped on why Biden preferred to visit these two states, but is still considering a trip to crisis-hit Texas, where inclement weather has already claimed the lives of at least 30 people.

"If, in fact, it's concluded that I can do it without creating a burden for the folks on the ground while they are dealing with this crisis, I plan on going", Biden said on Friday, referring to the Lone Star State, amid reports that a presidential visit to Texas is being planned for next week.

Also on Friday, POTUS pledged that he would approve a disaster declaration for Texas.

Many netizens have, meanwhile, expressed frustration over the Biden administration's response to the Texas crisis, with one user claiming that "Joe Biden has done nothing for the state of Texas".

Another user noted that he was "mystified they're [the US government] not acting in a more assertive and high-profile manner" as far as Texas is concerned.

"They are not engaging in critical fight to frame how this crisis is interpreted", the user added.

Anna Thomasson walks her dog, Penny, across the White Rock Lake Spillway after winter weather caused electricity blackouts in Dallas - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.02.2021
Experts Explain How Texas Energy Grid Unpreparedness Magnified Winter Storm Danger
Others praised the Trump administration's reaction to weather crises, arguing that the ex-POTUS "would have been in Texas on Tuesday this week delivering food, water, relie,f and embracing a hurting population".

America's second-most-populous state was pounded by extreme weather earlier this week, with about seven million of the state's 29 million residents reporting problems with their water supply and electricity systems.  

Over the past few days, power supply has been restored in many parts of Texas, though hundreds of thousands of residents there still remain in the dark.

To participate in the discussion
log in or register
Заголовок открываемого материала