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HUD Administrator Wants to Know Where $16 Billion Given to Baltimore Is

The national conversation over the decrepit state of Baltimore is heating up now that an official from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is joining the fight.

Lynne Patton, a HUD regional administrator, went off on “crooked” Baltimore politicians and activists such as the Rev. Al Sharpton during an appearance on Fox News on Monday.

“President Trump has given $16 billion in 2018 alone to Elijah Cummings’ district in federal grants,” Patton said.

“We have given more money in homeless funds to Baltimore in the last administration,” she continued. “We have given more in community development grants than the last administration to Baltimore.”

“My question to you guys is this: What are you actually doing with the money so that it actually benefits residents in the community for once instead of deep-pocketed, crooked politicians?”

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The Baltimore Sun confirmed that Cummings’ congressional district alone gobbled up $15.7 billion in federal money over the last two fiscal years.

To put this in perspective, if that money were evenly distributed between every man, woman and child in the district, each person would receive over $20,000.

President Donald Trump is well aware of the money pit that exists in Baltimore and is now throwing the curtain back on the issue.

“Baltimore’s numbers are the worst in the United States on Crime and the Economy. Billions of dollars have been pumped in over the years, but to no avail,” Trump tweeted Monday. “The money was stolen or wasted. Ask Elijah Cummings where it went. He should investigate himself with his Oversight Committee!”

Instead of the positive economic effects citizens would be feeling with the equivalent of a $20,000 stimulus per resident, they’re having to fight off a medieval-style plague of vermin. Rats and roaches live in trash heaps that dot neighborhoods, causing all sorts of problems for locals.

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Video released earlier this month confirms the conditions some residents are facing.

It’s time for citizens and taxpayers to begin asking questions.

Who is accountable for the horrible state of Baltimore, with its trash heaps and deteriorating neighborhoods? Why do Elijah Cummings and Al Sharpton focus negatively on Trump when this city so desperately needs help?

And, perhaps the most important question of all, where has the taxpayers’ nearly $16 billion disappeared to inside of Cummings’ district?

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Jared has written more than 200 articles and assigned hundreds more since he joined The Western Journal in February 2017. He was an infantryman in the Arkansas and Georgia National Guard and is a husband, dad and aspiring farmer.
Jared has written more than 200 articles and assigned hundreds more since he joined The Western Journal in February 2017. He is a husband, dad, and aspiring farmer. He was an infantryman in the Arkansas and Georgia National Guard. If he's not with his wife and son, then he's either shooting guns or working on his motorcycle.
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