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President plans visit to Flint, hopes to meet 'Little Miss Flint'

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Mari Copeny (Courtesy: Lulu Brezzell) Mari Copeny (Courtesy: Lulu Brezzell)
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

President Barack Obama is making a trip to Mid-Michigan to visit Flint.

The President made the disclosure after getting a letter from an 8-year-old Flint girl known as “Little Miss Flint."

Amariyanna “Mari” Copeny emailed the White House last month talking about her work to draw attention to the water crisis in the city. She also said she would be visiting Washington, DC with a group to watch as the congressional hearings with Gov. Rick Snyder were held.

In her email, she said her mom told her the President was probably busy, but she, and the group she was traveling with, would really like to meet with him or his wife.

>>Slideshow: Little Miss Flint<<

Mari got a letter back, signed by the President, praising Mari for using her voice to speak on behalf of the children of Flint.

That’s when he said he would be heading to Mid-Michigan to hear first-hand from residents about the crisis. He also plans to get in-person briefings about the federal efforts that are in place to help residents.

He ends saying it is notes like hers that make him so optimistic about the future, and he hopes to meet her when he comes to Flint on May 4.

More details on the President’s visit are expected to be released in the coming days.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver issued the following statement about the President's visit:

“It’s encouraging to know that the President of the United States is very concerned about what’s happened here in Flint and what we’re still going through because of this man-made water disaster. I’m glad he’s taking time out of his busy schedule to come here and talk to residents himself. I also plan to speak with the President about what’s happened here, and what hasn’t happened to help us recover from this water crisis. I hope that his visit will show our leaders at the state and federal level how important this issue is. People are still suffering in Flint, families and children, like the little girl who wrote to our Commander in Chief. My hope is that, as the President shows he hasn’t forgotten about Flint, others in the Michigan Legislature and in Congress will take steps to show they haven’t forgotten, either."

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement about the President's visit:

“I thank President Obama for keeping the focus on Flint families affected by the city’s water crisis and I look forward to welcoming the President to my hometown.

“All Americans should be focused on the ongoing public health emergency. A city of 100,000 people continues to not have safe drinking water and has been exposed to high levels of lead. As a nation, and as Americans, we must come together to help Flint families recover from this terrible tragedy.”

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D–Flint) released the following statement:

“It's important for the President to hear directly from my community and help us keep the pressure on for solutions. I am so proud of children like Mari Copeny for being Flint's strongest champions as well as our best hope for a bright future.” 

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