More top stories”I have a daughter who is going through a lot,” said Darryl Pritchard, a lifelong Democrat and one of the president’s most loyal supporters.
“She has a medical condition, and we are concerned about her well-being.
I want to see that she has the best medical care she can have.”
The president, in a letter to lawmakers and donors, said the White House’s commitment to working to help the people of Flint, Michigan, had “immeasurable value.”
He cited the White Houses health, education and economic programs, and its role in combating childhood obesity, a problem that has risen dramatically in the state.
In January, the governor, a Democrat, ordered state aid to be cut from $300 million to $150 million in response to the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.
But in an interview last month with The Associated Press, Flint’s emergency manager, Mike Glasgow, said that was not enough.
Glasgow said he did not have a specific timeline for when state aid would return to Flint.
Flint’s water system has also been in a crisis since April, when the city switched its source of drinking water from Detroit to the Flint River.
It was also at that time that the city’s drinking water was tainted with lead, a toxic chemical.
The president’s letter was the first of several actions he will take in response, but he has yet to outline specific measures.
Trump’s executive orders and other initiatives will likely take longer to implement, said Kathleen Hartnett, executive director of the Partnership for a Healthier America, a nonpartisan group that advocates for health care.
The Trump administration is also facing criticism over how it plans to help Flint.
Trump pledged during his presidential campaign to fix the state’s drinking-water crisis, but instead has repeatedly called on state and local governments to take the lead in cleaning up the water system and other problems.
In a March letter to the governors of Maryland and Wisconsin, Trump said that the federal government has already paid for some of the $30 million in water-main replacement costs for Flint and that the $1 billion in state aid is “an important step in helping us address this crisis and improve our state’s health.”
But the administration has not provided a specific figure, and the state and its allies say they are not getting much help from the federal aid.
They say they have been denied water from a private company that is part of a consortium that provides treatment to Flint residents.
In April, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, which is representing Flint residents in court, filed a lawsuit against the state to demand more federal aid to address the water crisis.