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Donald Trump will travel to Flint to address Flint water crisis and blight

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, in Asheville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Flint water crisis will be front and center in the presidential race when Donald Trump visits the city this week.

The Republican presidential nominee will be travelling to Flint on Wednesday, Sept. 14, according to his campaign.

While in the Vehicle City he will tour the Flint Water Treatment Plant and a Flint neighborhood to assess the impact of the Flint water crisis and blight in the city.

Trump last visited Michigan when he spoke to a Detroit church over the Labor Day weekend. During that stop, Trump said he will improve living conditions in urban areas like Detroit and elsewhere that have been hurt economically by Democratic policies supported by his rival, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

In an exclusive interview with NBC25-FOX66 in Detroit, Trump says more needs to be done to restore safe drinking water to the city’s nearly 100,000 residents after lead contamination. He says it was a failure of elected officials and public servants to make sure the public water utility was run properly.

"First of all, it would have never happened, because it was so ridiculous. In order to save a small amount of money, they re-do the whole thing and now it's a disaster,” Trump told NBC25-FOX66 news anchor Dave Bondy. “I will say this, my administration, we'll get very much involved, and we're going to get the problem solved. But it’s still not solved and it’s hard to believe - but it’s really harder to believe that they did it in the first place, should have never happened."

Clinton spoke out about the water crisis numerous times. She’s made two previous visits to Flint: a campaign stop in February and a Democratic presidential debate with Bernie Sanders on March 6.

Flint’s Mayor Karen Weaver endorsed Clinton for President and spoke about the water crisis at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Trump's visit will occur during the same time a two-day preliminary injunction hearing to address a motion filed by Concerned Pastors for Social Action, Flint resident Melissa Mays, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the ACLU of Michigan in March 2016.

NBC25-FOX66 will have complete coverage of Trump’s visit Wednesday on air and online.


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