Last week, President Trump tweeted that money that had been pumped into the city of Baltimore over the years had been stolen or wasted, writing, “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. The money was stolen or wasted.”
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. The money was stolen or wasted. Ask Elijah Cummings where it went. He should investigate himself with his Oversight Committee!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2019
The Department of Housing and Urban Development even went as far as to ask for grant money back because it was not properly accounted for. The grant money totaled over $3 million.
Trump also told reporters, “I’m pointing out the tremendous corruption that’s taken place in Baltimore and other Democrat-run cities. All you have to do is look at the past mayors in Baltimore to see what’s happened,” The Baltimore Sun reported.
Lester Davis, a spokesman for Democratic Mayor Bernard C. Jack Young, fired back, “We know that this president often does not rely on the truth, so we’re not going to dignify nonsense with a response. It’s just patently false.”
According an analysis of Baltimore’s 2018 city audit by The Daily Mail, millions of dollars that have been invested in the city are unaccounted for. The Daily Mail reports, “The audit notes numerous ‘significant deficiencies' and 'material weaknesses' across almost every department and found a consistent lack of any internal tracking of funds. The accounting for some departments was found to be so lacking that the sum of questioned funds is simply labeled 'Unknown.'”