President Donald Trump said cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco will destroy themselves if they do not deal with their homeless populations, telling reporters he has spoken to residents who would rather leave the country than stay in those cities.
Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Trump went on to suggest that homeless people in America are taking advantage of society, to the detriment of those more fortunate, The Los Angeles Times reported.
“We have people living in our … best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings,” Trump said, “where people in those buildings pay tremendous taxes, where they went to those locations because of the prestige.”
The president continued: “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.”
The Times noted that Trump previously “has indicated in interviews that scenes of homeless people who appear to be mentally ill and walking around mounds of trash in cities are unacceptable. In fact, he said, they’re ‘inappropriate.’”