President Obama toured the auto show in Detroit Wednesday, but also addressed the crisis in nearby Flint, NBC News reported.
Obama said he promised to back Flint residents as the city struggles with the pollution of its drinking water. Obama met with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver on Tuesday to discuss the crisis.
"I told her I'd have her back — and all the people of Flint's backs as they work their way through this terrible tragedy," Obama told the auto workers.
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Obama declared a state of emergency in Flint on Saturday, allowing the delivery of bottled water, filters and home test kits. Lead has leached into the water piped into Flint homes after the city’s water supply was switched to the Flint River to save money in 2014.
"I know that if I was a parent up there, I would be beside myself that my kids' health could be at risk," Obama said.