President Donald Trump launched a series of claims against the city of San Francisco earlier this week, alleging that the homeless problem found therein was creating a health hazard and in violation of Environmental Protection Agency rules.
Specifically, Trump suggested that the number of needles used by the homeless community was contributing to environmental concerns in the city’s water system, and in turn was polluting the nearby Pacific Ocean, the New York Times reported.
“They’re in total violation — we’re going to be giving them a notice very soon,” Trump added.
The comments from the president came about after completing a three-day trip to New Mexico and the Golden State. Several leaders in San Francisco took issue with Trump’s assessments.
Trump blamed the city's "liberal" policies and accused them of allowing a tremendous amount of waste, including needles, to go through storm drains into the ocean https://t.co/BMctdB7CEn
— CBS Austin (@cbsaustin) September 19, 2019
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission said that Trump’s allegations aren’t truthful. “We haven’t had any (recent) problems with syringes” going into the waterways, spokesman Tyler Gamble explained, according to a report from the San Francisco Chronicle.
City Mayor London Breed added that the city “ensures that all debris that flow into storm drains are filtered out at the city’s wastewater treatment plants,” including any potential debris caused by syringes.
“No debris flow out into the bay or the ocean,” she added.
Breed said she’d be willing to work with the administration, as well as state officials, in order to address the growing problem of homelessness in her city.
“If the president wants to talk about homelessness, we are committed to working with our state and federal partners on actual solutions,” she stated.