During a Fox News interview with host Tucker Carlson on Monday night, President Donald Trump said he is planning to address the rising homelessness in major urban centers.
Trump told Carlson, “It’s disgraceful. I’m going to [propose something], maybe, and I’m looking at it very seriously.”
More than one-tenth of the nation’s homeless population resides within Los Angeles. While about 553,000 are homeless nationally, the homeless population in Los Angeles is about 60,000, according to numbers released in June by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. That is a 12% increase from Los Angeles’ homeless population last year.
There is also about 7,000 homeless in Washington, D.C., which President Trump called “inappropriate.”
“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” the president 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.”
White House spokesman Judd Deere told The Daily Signal that the president “signed an executive order to confront the regulatory barriers to affordable housing development, a leading cause of homelessness,” last week. “President Trump has directed his team to go further and develop a range of policy options for consideration to deal with this tragedy,” Deere said.
H/T: Daily Signal