Trump will announce a $5.3 billion cleanup of polluted sites in his first trip to the nation’s capital, the White House announced Tuesday.
The announcement comes as Trump and his aides continue to grapple with the spill of a toxic chemical that the president blamed on a political opponent.
The president is scheduled to address the National Guard at noon ET on Wednesday at the Pentagon, where he will address the national guard and National Guard Corps, which is responsible for protecting the troops deployed to the region, according to a White House statement.
The White House did not say how much of the $5bn in funding will be spent on the cleanup, which includes the installation of a $1.6 billion chemical and biological test site.
Trump has repeatedly criticized the military for failing to keep track of the levels of the hazardous chemical known as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in the region’s water supplies.
The chemical is used in a wide variety of products, including paint, furniture, plastics, textiles, and chemicals that are used to manufacture plastics.
Trump, who has been criticized for not being more forthcoming about the spill, has suggested that the federal government was complicit in the spill.
He has repeatedly claimed that the chemical was in a region where it had been sprayed without proper permits, and he has questioned why the military was not more involved.
Trump said he has asked the Department of Defense to begin the process of moving the chemical back to its former home of Wilmington, Delaware, a site where it was stored in a chemical storage facility in the 1970s.
The EPA has said that it cannot locate the chemicals at the Wilmington site, and that the area where the chemical went into storage was never approved for such use.
The EPA has also said that there is no known trace of PFOA in the water supplies of the affected areas, and the Department has said the chemical could not have been stored in the area for such a long period of time.