Biden pledges 'all the federal resources they need' to assist Baltimore with bridge collapse

President Biden on Tuesday said the federal government will step in to "rebuild" the Port of Baltimore after a cargo ship accident caused the Francis Scott Key Bridge to collapse. 

In brief remarks at the White House, the president said he pledged "all the federal resources they need" to Gov. Wes Moore and other Maryland officials to recover from the disaster. 

"Our prayers are with everyone involved in this terrible accident and all the families, especially those waiting for news of their loved one right now. I know every minute in that circumstance feels like a lifetime. I just don't know. It's just terrible," Biden said.

The president said an ongoing search and rescue operation remains the government's "top priority." He noted that ship traffic in the port has been suspended and cannot resume until bridge debris is cleared — an effort led by the Army Corps of Engineers. 

Biden called the Port of Baltimore "one of the nation's largest shipping hubs," noting that about 850,000 vehicles travel through the port every year. "15,000 jobs depend on that port. We're going to do everything we can to protect those jobs and help those workers," Biden said.

Asked if Synergy Marine Group, the company that manages the ship, called the Dali, should be held liable for the damage, Biden said it "could be." 

"But we're not going to wait for that to happen," the president said. "We're going to pay for it and get the bridge rebuilt and open."

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