In a Fox News interview, Trump discussed the homeless crisis with host Tucker Carlson. He said that his administration “may intercede” to clean up certain big cities.
According to The Washington Post, during the interview, Carlson asked Trump about cities in Japan, which Carlson said are clean and free from “junkies.” American cities, by contrast, are filled with “filth.”
Trump replied, “It’s a phenomena that started two years ago. It’s disgraceful.”
Numbers of homeless people in the U.S. has actually stayed mostly consistent between 2016 and 2018, moving up slightly from 550,000 to 553,000 last year. These numbers are actually significantly lower than seven years earlier. Between 2007 and 2012, 630,000 people a year were homeless. Between 2012 and 2015, an average of 580,000 people were homeless each year.
“Police officers are getting sick just by walking the beat,” he claimed. “We cannot ruin our cities. And you have people that work in those cities. They work in office buildings and to get into the building, they have to walk through a scene that nobody would have believed possible three years ago."
“We have to take the people,” he said. “And we have to do something.”
Trump, who blamed liberals and sanctuary cities for the issues, never mentioned the word “homeless” during the interview. Still, he strongly implied that he would like to make homeless people “disappear” somehow.
“When we have leaders of the world coming in to see the president of the United States and they’re riding down a highway, they can’t be looking at that,” he said. “They can’t be looking at scenes like you see in Los Angeles and San Francisco . . . So we’re looking at it very seriously. We may intercede. We may do something to get that whole thing cleaned up.”
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