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Trump in California: LA, SF Are 'Allowing' Homelessness

President says he'll do 'something about it at the appropriate time'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 17, 2019 7:24 PM CDT
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President Donald Trump is greeted by Republican National Committeewoman from California Harmeet Dhillon as he arrives at Moffett Federal Airfield to attend a fundraiser, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, in Mountain View, Calif.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – President Trump began a California visit on Tuesday, saying he will do "something" about homelessness but offering no specifics beyond the mention of creating a task force, the AP reports. "We can't let Los Angeles, San Francisco and numerous other cities destroy themselves by allowing what's happening," Trump said aboard Air Force One. He said police officers on the beat are getting sick and that tenants want to move because of the homeless problem. "The people of San Francisco are fed up and the people of Los Angeles are fed up, and we're looking at it and we will be doing something about it at the appropriate time," Trump said.

The president rarely passes up the chance to throw a sharp elbow at left-leaning California, but per the AP, he showed Tuesday he's more than happy to cash in there with a lunch-dinner-breakfast-lunch fundraising blitz expected to scoop up $15 million from wealthy Republicans in two days. With protesters not far away, Trump kicked off his moneymaking Tuesday with a $3 million Bay Area luncheon, to be followed by a $5 million Beverly Hills dinner at the home of real estate developer Geoffrey Palmer. He'll bring in an additional $7 million on Wednesday with a breakfast in Los Angeles and luncheon in San Diego. About 100 protesters lined the road about a mile from Trump's luncheon site in Portola Valley, with demonstrators inflating giant Baby Trump and Trump Chicken balloons. (The Trump-California emissions fight is also heating up this week.)

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