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Trump Warns LA On Homeless Crisis: Clean It Up Or ‘We’re Going To Do It’
President Donald Trump waves to supporters after arriving on Air Force One at LAX Airport on February 18, 2020 in Los Angeles,
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On Tuesday, meeting with the Los Angeles Olympic committees to discuss the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, President Trump bluntly warned the city’s leaders that their ineptitude regarding the homeless situation won’t be tolerated, asserting that if Los Angeles doesn’t “clean it up fast,” the Trump administration would.

As The Associated Press reported, Trump said, “If they can’t do it themselves, we’re going to do it. 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, saying, “The Olympic committee, really wanted the government; they just wanted some support and they were not getting it at all from the past administration. We’re going to give them tremendous support. You need the support of the federal government to make it really work.”

In December, California governor Gavin Newsom blamed the state’s ferocious homeless problem on President Trump and the Trump administration. As The Daily Wire reported:

Newsom claimed that Trump is deliberately withholding “key information” that California needs in order to properly address the homelessness problem, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “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 Daily Wire added:

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. 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!”

In January, Newsom admitted, “Let’s just be candid; the state of California has been nowhere to be found on the damn issue of homelessness.” Newsom seemingly admitted that Democrats, who have controlled the state for years, were responsible for the problem as he continued, “We haven’t been focused on this issue; there’s a reason things are the way they are. 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.”

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