DETROIT (WWJ/AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama’s planned visit to Detroit will give him a chance to see efforts to improve the city firsthand.

During Wednesday’s trip, Obama plans to visit and celebrate the resurgent U.S. auto industry by visiting the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and is scheduled to speak at the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources in Detroit.

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The auto industry was in danger of collapse when Obama took office in 2009, but reported a record sales year in 2015.

In an advisory Sunday, the White House says Obama during his trip will see “the remarkable progress made by the city, its people and neighborhoods.”

Obama said his trip to the Motor City will highlight progress made in the region since the auto industry bailout, adding that when the crisis came several years ago, he wouldn’t turn his back on Detroit.

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“Some said it was too late to turn things around. But I refused to turn my back on so many of the workers that I’d met. Instead, I placed my bet on American workers. I placed my bet on American manufacturing,” the president said.

Obama recently approved Gov. Rick Snyder’s request for federal aid in Flint to help alleviate the effects of lead contamination in the water supply.


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