Donald Trump Threatens San Francisco With EPA Violations Over Homelessness

Growing homelessness in the San Francisco region

Growing homelessness in the San Francisco region

President Donald Trump warned San Francisco that if city officials don't start dealing with the large number of homeless people living on the streets the Environmental Protection Agency will issue a "notice" for violating anti-pollution laws.

Trump blamed the homeless population for littering the streets with needles and other trash, claiming that it eventually ends up in the ocean.

"There's tremendous pollution being put into the ocean because they're going through what's called the storm sewer that's for rainwater," Trump said. "And we have tremendous things that we don't have to discuss pouring into the ocean. You know there are needles, there are other things."

Trump did not elaborate on what specific action the EPA would take against the city.

"The EPA is going to be putting out a notice, and you know they're in serious violation and this is environmental, very environmental," Trump said. "And they have to clean it up. We can't have our cities going to hell."

San Francisco Mayor London Breed blasted Trump's comments and said the city is working hard to deal with the homeless issue.

"In San Francisco, we are focused on advancing solutions to meet the challenges on our streets, not throwing off ridiculous assertions as we board an airplane to leave the state," Breed said.

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