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Michigan Gov. Snyder: I'm Staying to Solve Flint Water Issues

MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

By    |   Thursday, 05 May 2016 01:27 PM

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday he hasn't heeded calls to step down from office due to the Flint water crisis because he believes it's more important to "take responsibility," and that his answer to dealing with the problem is to stay and solve it instead of walking away.

"I appreciate people being angry and frustrated by the situation," the Republican governor, who welcomed President Barack Obama to speak and drink filtered water from Flint's municipal water supply, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "I want to compliment the president," Snyder said. "I think it was very helpful having him come to Flint and reinforce a very similar message in the fact that filtered water is now safe to drink for most people."

And while show co-host Mika Brzezinski commented that it didn't seem "like such a celebratory act to be drinking the water in Flint" if it was filtered, Snyder said using filters is more "straightforward" than using bottled water.

Snyder and Obama did not meet with open arms, and the governor said Thursday he understands and appreciates that Flint residents are "angry and frustrated," and said they can actually help with the situation.

"That there's a program to flush the pipes that we need the citizens to participate in that," said Snyder. "That we're making process with respect to removing lead service lines to get the dangerous pipes out of the ground, and this will be a process that will take time."

He also said that the president delivered a strong message that Flint's children can still have a bright future.

"We're putting in place a number of medical and educational programs to make sure that if children were affected by the lead at all, there's mitigation ways, steps to be taken, so these kids can have a bright future," said Snyder.

He admitted that it was a failure of the government, including on the state level, with experts saying there was not a problem, and it took outside experts, such as Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards, to identify the issue.

"We made a lot of changes within state government, and we needed to," said Snyder. "This is one of those experiences — a tragic situation that you wish never would have happened. And now the real question is, is let's fix it."

Snyder said he and other officials are now looking to the future, rather than the past, in hopes of getting clean, lead-free water to "come right out of the tap, like it should."

Snyder also denied a question from NBC's Willie Geist, who asked if a "CEO that you probably know from a cocktail party made a call to you in 2014, this would have been fixed much quicker?"

"I've got a track record of working hard to help our urban areas," said Snyder. "We actually have been doing a lot of good things in Flint. This is a tragic situation that we need to address and we're on top of it in terms of moving forward."

However, he said it's not yet known when Flint residents will be able to turn on their water faucets and drink unfiltered water, as that will be based on "science."

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday he hasn't heeded calls to step down from office due to the Flint water crisis because he believes it's more important to "take responsibility," and that his answer to dealing with the problem is to stay and solve it instead of walking away.
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