The president of the United States, Joe Biden, visited this Friday the bridge of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) that collapsed just a few hours before the visit with which he planned to promote a law that allocates 1.2 billion dollars to the country’s infrastructure.
As snowflakes fell, the president contemplated for several minutes the collapsed bridge covered with a white blanket of snow and where you could still see the cars and the red bus that were driving on its surface when it collapsed, causing at least ten injuries.
Biden greeted the cops Y firefighters who had assisted with the bridge, thanked them for their work and promised that the federal government will help rebuild that and the rest of the country’s bridges.
“It’s unbelievable,” Biden said in front of the collapsed, snow-covered bridge where several motorists and vehicles were blocked.
The accident caused no deaths. “It’s a miracle, Mr. President,” said a member of an intervention and rescue team.
“It really is,” replied the president, with a crane in the background. “There are more bridges in Pittsburgh than in any other city in the world,” said the Democrat.
“We are going to fix all the bridges. No kidding, this is going to be a gigantic change. There are 43,000 (bridges) throughout the country and we are going to send the money”, the ruler asserted.
In the environment there was a smell of gas, according to the press that accompanies the president. Police explained to Biden that It is not known if the smell of gas is due to a leak after the collapse or if, on the contrary, the bridge collapsed due to the explosion of a gas pipe.
After visiting the bridge, the ruler gave a speech at Carnegie Mellon University’s Mill 19 research center, which looked like one of Pittsburgh’s many factories.
Biden referenced the bridge and considered that the bridges in Pittsburgh and throughout the United States must be repaired as soon as possible so that next time “the headlines do not say that someone died”.
It’s a striking coincidence: On January 20, on the occasion of his first anniversary in the White House, Joe Biden praised this law, while photos of dilapidated bridges were projected onto a billboard.
At first, the purpose of Biden’s visit was to promote the $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan that approved in November by Congress with the support of Democrats and Republicans, and which represents the greatest modernization of the country in more than a decade.
That plan allocates $1.63 billion specifically to rebuild Pennsylvania’s bridges.
Although he began by talking about the bridge, Biden spoke in his speech about the infrastructure plan, the growth of the economy, at a speed not seen since 1984, as well as the 367,000 jobs in factories that he has created since coming to power.
Biden’s visit also had an electoral tinge as he himself began and ended his 2020 presidential campaign in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania is one of the key states that will decide whether or not the Democrats maintain the majority they currently hold in the Senate.
The US legislative elections, which will serve as a thermometer for Biden’s management, will be held on November 8.
(With information from EFE and AFP)
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