President Trump on Saturday went after New York and California over homelessness, saying the states’ governors should call him if they “can’t handle” the issue.
“California and New York must do something about their TREMENDOUS Homeless problems. They are setting records!” he tweeted about the liberal states.
“If their Governors can’t handle the situation, which they should be able to do very easily, they must call and ‘politely’ ask for help. Would be so easy with competence!” the president continued.
California and New York must do something about their TREMENDOUS Homeless problems. They are setting records! If their Governors can’t handle the situation, which they should be able to do very easily, they must call and “politely” ask for help. Would be so easy with competence!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2019
Trump attacked California earlier this week over homelessness and attacked Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as “crazy.”
“Crazy Nancy should focus on that in her very down district, and helping her incompetent governor with the big homeless problem!” he tweeted.
The number of people experiencing homelessness in the United States in 2018 increased for the second consecutive year.
In 2017, homelessness had increased for the first time in seven years. On a single night last year, more than half a million Americans lacked permanent shelter, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Using data provided by HUD, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the estimated total number of individuals experiencing homelessness in the 48 HUD jurisdictions (Continuums of Care) representing the 50 largest cities in America.
The District of Columbia ranked number 22 on the list, with a homeless population of 6,904 people (including 600 unsheltered).
“We can’t let Los Angeles, San Francisco and numerous other cities destroy themselves by allowing what’s happening,” Trump said in September.
“And I’m speaking to tenants — in some cases foreign people, foreign tenants — but they have where they’re tenants in buildings throughout various cities in California, and other places … where they want to leave the country. They can’t believe what’s happening,” he added.
Trump said police are getting sick of addressing homelessness problems in major cities across the country.
“We have people living in our … best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings and pay tremendous taxes, where people in those buildings pay tremendous taxes, where they went to those locations because of the prestige,” he said. “In many cases, they came from other countries, and they moved to Los Angeles or they moved to San Francisco because of the prestige of the city, and all of a sudden they have tents. Hundreds and hundreds of tents and people living at the entrance to their office building. And they want to leave.”
“And the people of San Francisco are fed up, and the people of Los Angeles are fed up,” he added. “And we’re looking at it, and we’ll be doing something about it.”