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In Baltimore, Biden promises to quickly rebuild the bridge

Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta Associated Press Aboard the President of the United States' Marine One helicopter (top left), Joe Biden flew over the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore on Friday.

France Media Agency in Baltimore

April 5, 2024

  • United States

US President Joe Biden promised Friday to “move heaven and earth” to rebuild the bridge that collapsed at the end of March in Baltimore like a house of cards, killing six people.< /p>

“I am here to tell you that your country is behind you,” said the Democrat in front of the debris of the Francis Scott Key bridge, in which the container ship that caused its collapse is still embedded.

Joe Biden, campaigning for his re-election against his predecessor Donald Trump, assured that a new canal would be created by the end of May to restore access to the port of Baltimore, one of the most assets of the country.

A temporary navigation corridor was opened at the start of the week to allow the passage of vessels involved in rescue and clearance operations, but is not wide enough to allow the passage of large commercial vessels .

“I observed from the sky the bridge which was torn to pieces, but on the ground, it was a united community that I saw,” added the president, who flew over by helicopter the area.

“We are going to make sure everything is paid for,” he said again, urging Congress to support his full funding plan. “We will move heaven and earth to rebuild this bridge as quickly as possible. »

In Baltimore, Biden promises to quickly rebuild the bridge

Photo: Julia Nikhinson Associated Press U.S. President Joe Biden (center right) speaks Friday in Dundalk, Maryland, with the Francis Scott Key Bridge in the background.

American steel

The 81-year-old Democrat, who seeks to curry favor with the working-class electorate, also promised that reconstruction would be done with “manpower and steel Americans”, a nod to his industrial recovery policies which, he hopes, will allow him to gain an advantage over Donald Trump in November.

The president also paid tribute to the deceased workers, all immigrants, from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, marking his distance from his opponent's increasingly violent rhetoric on the subject of immigration.

The Port of Baltimore is the American port through which the most new cars pass, more than 800,000 last year, both vehicles manufactured in the United States and exported to the 'international, or, conversely, foreign vehicles imported into the United States.

Reconstruction of the Baltimore Bridge, located 40 miles north of Washington, is expected to take up to three years.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116