Obama to meet Michigan mayor to discuss contaminated water: White House

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks to reporters during a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the White House in Washington January 19, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks to reporters during a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the White House in Washington January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will meet with the mayor of Flint, Michigan, on Tuesday to discuss the city’s problems in dealing with lead-contaminated water, the White House said.

Obama, who on Saturday ordered federal aid for state and local response efforts in Genesee County, which includes Flint, will meet with Mayor Karen Weaver, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

“The situation is anything but being ignored by the White House,” Earnest told a news briefing at the White House.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Doina Chiacu; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Susan Heavey)