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President Obama’s trip to Flint, Mich. this week will not likely be highlighted by a tall glass of the city’s water.
“I’m not aware of any photo ops that involve the president’s consumption of the water,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest, according to The Hill.
Efforts in Flint to remove lead from the water supply have been met with residents’ demands for Michigan lawmakers to practice what they preach, as public pressure mounts for politicians to drink the water they claim has successfully been cleaned up.
The Environment Protection Agency has said water that is properly filtered is safe to drink, Earnest noted.
“I certainly would encourage people to listen to the advice that they get from our scientific and public health experts about what water is safe to drink and the president will certainly follow that advice,” Earnest said.
Michigan’s Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who has clashed with the Obama administration over the water crisis in Flint, agreed to meet with the president privately during his one day trip. Snyder, who has been openly drinking the filtered water to prove its safety, previously would not commit to the customary greeting of the president on the airport tarmac, citing scheduling issues.
“I guess his schedule got a little freed up, huh,” Earnest commented. “We’re obviously pleased that he will now be in Flint on that day.”
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