Trump visits Flint, group holds protest prior to arrival - WNEM TV 5

Trump visits Flint, group holds protest prior to arrival

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Donald Trump was in Mid-Michigan on Wednesday.

He toured the Flint Water Treatment Facility that failed to add corrosion control to the Flint River water. The failure ultimately caused the leaching of lead from the old pipes.

"And the damage can be corrected and it can be corrected by people who know what they're doing. Unfortunately, the people who caused this tremendous problem had no clue. They had absolutely no clue," Trump said during his visit.

Prior to his arrival, a group held a press conference protesting his visit. They didn't want the Republican presidential nominee to use the water crisis as a photo op.

“Flint is focused on fixing the problems caused by lead contamination of our drinking water, not photo ops," Mayor Karen Weaver said.

Weaver said Trump's campaign did not reach out to her about visiting the city. She also said the employees at the water plant are busy dealing with the contaminated water can cannot afford the disruption of a last-minute visit.

During Trump's visit she was in Washington, D.C. to urge Congress to pass more funding for Flint.

Trump was in Detroit earlier this month where he talked to Bishop Wayne Jackson and the Great Faith International Ministries church.

"It's exciting. I think it brings a positive, well some positive and some negative vibes to the city. I think it's good that he's showing he cares for Flint so it's good," said Bobby Coon, Flint resident.

Resident Michael Moon said Trump's presence in the city could help him get valuable votes in the battleground state.

He is the chair of the Genesee County Republican Party. Moon said Trump's tour of the water plant may be what people want to see.

However, some residents aren't buying it.

"He's just totally not for us at all, the poor community. I don't think he's for us," said Amanda Boyce, Flint resident.

Activist Desiree Duell said Trump will never fully understand the reality she and her neighbors are living through.

"We've had to deal with political posturing over and over again. First exposing the crisis and having to prove it, and then a very anemic recovery. We're still without clean water," she said.

Duell was one of many who protested Trump's visit outside the water treatment plant.

Resident Maegen Wilson is frustrated with the seemingly never-ending struggle in her city. She said both presidential candidates need to come up with solutions for Flint's crisis, not just pay a visit.

Other residents were glad Trump made the trip.

"I'm glad he's here. I'm a Trump supporter and I hope he gets into office," Eric Jones said.

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