Trump Warns LA Democrats: Fix Homeless Crisis or ‘We’re Going to Do It’
President slammed city officials as he met with Los Angeles Olympic committees
President Donald Trump slammed the leadership in Democrat-controlled Los Angeles, warning city and state officials to fix the homeless crisis, otherwise "the federal government is going to take it over."
The president blasted LA officials during a briefing on preparations for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
Trump said he wasn't satisfied with efforts to tackle LA's homelessness epidemic, criticizing the city’s political leadership for failing to curtail the situation.
Trump warned if Los Angeles doesn’t “clean it up fast,” his administration will intervene.
“If they can’t do it themselves, we’re going to do it,” Trump said.
“The federal government is going to take it over, we’re going to do it.“
As he signed an agreement guaranteeing the federal government would support the first Olympics in the U.S. since the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, Trump said, “This is a big deal.
"We’re going to give them tremendous support.
"You need the support of the federal government to make it really work.”
Trump implicitly slammed the Obama administration for its lack of support for the Olympics.
“The Olympic committee really wanted the government; they just wanted some support and they were not getting it at all from the past administration," Trump said.
In December, California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, blamed the state’s ferocious homeless problem on President Trump and the Trump administration.
Newsom claimed that Trump is deliberately withholding “key information” that California needs in order to properly address the homelessness problem, the San Francisco Chronicle reported at the time.
“California is making historic investments now to help our communities fight homelessness,” Newsom said.
“But we have work to do and we need the federal government to do its part.”
The “very important material” California is waiting on from the federal government is nothing more than an official Housing and Urban Development count of precisely how many homeless people live in the state of California, The Daily Wire reported.
Newsom claims that, without those numbers, he can’t release more than $500 million earmarked to abate the systemic problem.
California conducted those counts months ago, however, and merely sent the results to the government to certify
Shortly after that, Trump fired back, tweeting, “Governor Gavin [Newsom] has done a really bad job on taking care of the homeless population in California.
"If he can’t fix the problem, the Federal Govt. will get involved!”
The next day, he added, “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!”
“Let’s just be candid; the state of California has been nowhere to be found on the damn issue of homelessness,” Newsom said.
“We haven’t been focused on this issue; there’s a reason things are the way they are," Gov. Newsom continued.
"It’s because we haven’t addressed them.
"It’s happened on our watch over the last decade; in particular, it’s really gotten bad over the last decade.
"And we were just slow to respond.”