Trump Gets Tough with Los Angeles: Clean Up or 'We're Going To Do It' for You


President Donald Trump fell hard on city leadership Tuesday in Los Angeles during a briefing on preparations being made for the U.S.-hosted 2028 Summer Olympics.

Reportedly chief among Trump’s concerns was rampant homelessness within the city, according to The Associated Press, which left the president threatening federal government intervention in the near future should local and state authorities fail to improve on efforts to combat the growing problem.

“Clean it up fast,” Trump reportedly urged, referring to a recent influx in homeless encampments around the city.

“If they can’t do it themselves, we’re going to do it,” he said. “The federal government is going to take it over, we’re going to do it.”

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Relations between Trump and California’s largely left-wing leadership has been strained since the president took office, particularly with this administration’s no-nonsense approach to illegal immigration and so-called “sanctuary city” policies — which were birthed in the Golden State.

Recent impeachment-related tensions between the president and ranking Democratic Party members such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, both of whom hail from the state, have served to exacerbate that strain, leading to quite a bit of public sparring.

And no shortage of that sparring has come on the topic of homelessness, with Trump reprimanding Pelosi over the last year for the social and economic troubles facing constituents in their home districts.

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“I can’t believe that Nancy Pelosi’s District in San Francisco is in such horrible shape that the City itself is in violation of many sanitary & environmental orders, causing it to owe the Federal Government billions of dollars,” Trump tweeted in October. “And all she works on is Impeachment.”

“We should all work together to clean up these hazardous waste and homeless sites before the whole city rots away,” Trump added.

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According to a 2019 report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, California’s homeless population has risen to a point at which 33 in 10,000 state residents are homeless — more than triple that of the next most populous state, Texas.

The result is a state homeless population of roughly 151,000 individuals, of which 72 percent purportedly live in vehicles or outdoors.

And with big city homeless encampments growing in size, and obviously unequipped with proper plumbing or trash disposal, state waterways have become contaminated with levels of fecal bacteria rarely seen elsewhere in the nation, Kaiser Health News reported.

“It’s disgraceful,” the president had previously told Fox News late-night host Tucker Carlson. “I’m looking at it very seriously. We may intercede. We may do something to get that whole thing cleaned up. It’s inappropriate.”

This did not, however, stop Trump from signing his administration’s official promise Tuesday to throw the full backing of the federal government behind a 2028 Los Angeles Summer Olympics, the AP reported.

“This is a big deal,” Trump said. “We’re going to give them tremendous support. You need the support of the federal government to make it really work.”

The only stipulation, the president joked, was that he be remembered, “at least” with a good seat.

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Andrew J. Sciascia was the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal. Having joined up as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, he went on to cover the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for the outlet, regularly co-hosting its video podcast, "WJ Live," as well.
Andrew J. Sciascia was the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal and regularly co-hosted the outlet's video podcast, "WJ Live."

Sciascia first joined up with The Western Journal as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, before graduating with a degree in criminal justice and political science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and worked briefly as a political operative with the Massachusetts Republican Party.

He covered the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for The Western Journal. His work has also appeared in The Daily Caller.