President Donald Trump revealed to Fox News’ host Tucker Carlson that the problem of “filth” in U.S. cities like New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles “started two years ago.” This means that, in the president’s opinion, major U.S. cities did not have a problem with homelessness until he was six months into his presidency.
Carlson noted how in cities like Osaka and Tokyo the streets are clean, there’s no graffiti and no one going to the bathroom in the street. He eventually noted how major U.S. cities have a major problem with “filth” before asking “why is that?”
Trump replied “it’s a phenomenon that started two years ago. It’s disgraceful.” Trump was elected president in November of 2016 and took office in January of 2017. So doing the math, this problem started roughly six months into his administration.
The Hill reports:
The president described cities in a dire state, claiming police officers are “getting sick just by walking the beat,” and some people are “living in hell.”
“Although some of them have mental problems where they don’t even know they’re living that way, in fact perhaps they like living that way,” he added. Trump claimed that he had helped eliminate the issue in parts of Washington, D.C., “very quickly” by saying “You can’t do that.”
Statistics from The National Alliance to End Homelessness show that the number of individuals experiencing homelessness steadily declined from 2010-2016.
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