Crazy Loser Pete Buttigieg Blames Trump for Ohio Train Disaster
CLAIM: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg is blaming former President Donald Trump for the train disaster in East Palestine, Ohio, claiming, "we're constrained by law on some areas of rail regulation," and citing a "braking rule" that was withdrawn under the Trump administration.
VERDICT: False. While it is true that in 2018 the Department of Transportation (DOT) withdrew a proposed rule requiring trains carrying certain dangerous chemicals to use electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brakes, this rule would not have applied to the train that derailed in East Palestine on February 3. In addressing the train derailment on Tuesday, Buttigieg claimed, "We're constrained by law on some areas of rail regulation," and cited "the braking rule withdrawn by the Trump administration in 2018 because of a law passed by Congress in 2015." Buttigieg's assertion, however, is incorrect. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chair Jennifer Homendy announced on Thursday that if this particular rule were to have gone into effect, the mandate would have applied only to trains classified as high-hazard flammable trains.