President Trump takes aim at Calif. over widespread homeless crisis

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 10:28 AM PT — Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Trump administration is reportedly planning to slap San Francisco with an EPA violation due to the city’s rampant homelessness crisis.

During his trip to California this week, President Trump slammed large cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles for allowing their large homeless populations to cause widespread pollution.

“If you look at San Francisco, it’s a total disaster…they’re going to ruin their cities and we’re going to get involved very soon on a federal basis if they don’t clean up their act,” stated the president.

Homelessness in San Francisco and Los Angeles rose 16 and 17 percent respectively since last year, which is a substantial increase from previous years. While there’s debate on what’s behind the crisis, the Trump administration says it’s because the left’s radical policies are driving up housing prices in the Golden State.

This week, California Governor Gavin Newsom, along with the mayors of Los Angeles and San Francisco, sent a letter to the Trump administration asking for federal funds to expand its housing programs. However, HUD Secretary Ben Carson sent a letter in response, imploring the Democrat politicians to admit that it was their policies that caused the epidemic.

FILE – In this June 26, 2019, file photo, Carl Wallace, who says he is homeless and lives on the streets, waves to people passing by in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California officials still say they hope President Trump is serious about getting homeless people off the streets.

“I hope that he (President Trump) feels the same way I do on my watch, that this should be the time that we end homelessness,”said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Not use homeless individuals, homeless Americans, veterans, as political footballs, but actually go and do that hard work that we have done with federal officials.”

In recent weeks, Trump administration officials have taken tours around the Golden State to scope out the crisis first hand. HUD Secretary Carson said he’s willing to do whatever it takes to abate the crisis. An estimated 130,000 people are currently homeless in California, which is the highest homeless population of any state.