Trump Vows To Slap San Francisco with 'Environmental Violations' Due to Homelessness
President highlights serious problems with cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco
President Donald Trump has said he is prepared to slap San Francisco, California, with an environmental violation notice due to its 'out of control' homelessness epidemic.
The president told reporters that the homeless problem in cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco was allowing pollution to flow into the ocean.
“It’s a terrible situation — that’s in Los Angeles and San Francisco,” he said.
“And we’re going to be giving San Francisco, they’re in total violation, we’re going to be giving them a notice very soon.”
Trump then highlighted the number of used drug needles flowing into storm drains.
“They have to clean it up. We can’t have our cities going to hell,” he said.
Trump added that the Environmental Protection Agency would issue a notice.
Trump referred to the city’s “serious violation” of the pollution laws, saying the Environmental Protection Agency would issue a notice.
“In the case of Los Angeles, it’s a disaster. If you look at San Francisco, it’s a total disaster,” he told reporters.
"We’re going to get involved very soon on a federal basis if they don’t clean up their act.”
According to the Washington Post:
"Top officials representing the White House and the Department of Housing and Urban Development arrived in California this week for a round of meetings."
"A particular focus has been the 'Skid Row' section of Los Angeles, officials said. The president is directly involved with the initiative, official said and has asked for updates. Officials representing the Justice Department were also part of the tour, according to two government officials."
White House spokesman, Judd Deere, said:
"Like many Americans, the president has taken notice of the homelessness crisis, particularly in cities and states where the liberal policies are combining to dramatically increase poverty and public health risks."
"President Trump has directed his team to go further and develop a range of policy options for consideration to deal with this tragedy," he added.