President Barack Obama will visit Flint, Michigan on May 4. | Getty
President Barack Obama will visit Flint, Michigan, on May 4 to spotlight the city’s lead-contamination crisis that affected the water supply of its more than 100,000 residents and receive a briefing on federal efforts, the White House said Wednesday.
“On Wednesday, May 4th, the President will travel to Flint, Michigan where he will hear first-hand from Flint residents about the public health crisis, receive an in-person briefing on the federal efforts in place to help respond to the needs of the people of Flint, and deliver remarks to community members,” a White House official told POLITICO. “Further details regarding the President’s travel to Michigan will be available in the coming days.”
The Detroit News reported that the impetus for the visit came after Obama received an email from an 8-year-old in Flint who asked to meet with him last month when she attended congressional hearings about the crisis.
Obama has not visited Flint since the water crisis began. In a visit to Detroit in January, Obama said that as a parent, “would be beside myself that my kids’ health could be at risk.”