Chelsea Clinton’s Flint visit includes water update

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Chelsea Clinton will visit Flint Friday to get an update on the water contamination crisis after visiting the city in February, the Hillary Clinton campaign said Wednesday.

The only daughter of Democratic presidential candidate Clinton and former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to make a two-day campaign swing through Michigan for her mom, first visiting Grand Rapids and East Lansing on Thursday.

On Friday, Chelsea Clinton will receive a briefing from local and federal officials on Flint’s lead-contaminated water and the Flint WaterWorks Initiative that she helped launch with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver in early March. She is also scheduled to stop by a campaign phone bank at Flint’s Democratic National Committee headquarters office.

On Thursday afternoon, Chelsea Clinton will hold a campaign event geared toward female voters Thursday afternoon at an art gallery in Grand Rapids and in the evening attend a Students for Hillary event at Michigan State University’s Student Union in East Lansing, according to the Hillary Clinton campaign.

In March, Chelsea Clinton campaigned in Detroit and Flint for her mom in the days leading up to Michigan’s presidential primary, which Hillary Clinton narrowly lost to Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Chelsea Clinton will be coming to Michigan after attending the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting in New York City. As vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, Chelsea Clinton is scheduled to speak at the three-day conference, according to the agenda.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a week ago visited the Flint water plant, promising that “we’ll get it fixed and … it will be fixed quickly and effectively and Flint will come back.” He also spoke at a Flint church, where he was briefly chastised by the pastor for politicizing the event.

The Trump campaign posed a challenge for Chelsea Clinton’s visit.

“After Hillary let slip at a Wall Street fundraiser earlier this month that she sees half of this country’s voters -- including veterans, police officers, firefighters and other hard-working Americans -- as either ‘deplorable’ or ‘irredeemable,’ Michiganders have one question for Chelsea Clinton on her visit here – does she agree with Hillary’s view of them?,” said Scott Hagerstrom, the Trump campaign’s Michigan director.

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