White House pressed on San Fran­cis­co home­less­ness cleanup ahead of Xi vis­it

The White House was pressed Mon­day on San Fran­cis­co clean­ing up home­less encamp­ments ahead of a vis­it from Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping.
The cleanup comes after Gov. Gavin New­som (D‑CA) vis­it­ed Chi­na last month. The effort includes a pow­er-wash­ing and scrub­bing of the city’s streets and the removal of most of the city’s home­less camps.
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“Is the pres­i­dent embar­rassed that an Amer­i­can city needs to go through a total makeover to be pre­sentable for his out-of-town guests?” a reporter asked nation­al secu­ri­ty advis­er Jake Sul­li­van dur­ing Mon­day’s White House press brief­ing.
Sul­li­van did not answer direct­ly, instead point­ing to the gen­er­al­ly healthy U.S. econ­o­my at large.
“The pres­i­dent is incred­i­bly proud of the record that the Unit­ed States will bring as host to this sum­mit,” he said. “The strongest eco­nom­ic record of any devel­oped coun­try, the low­est unem­ploy­ment over a sus­tained peri­od in half a cen­tu­ry.”
The Asia-Pacif­ic Eco­nom­ic Coop­er­a­tion sum­mit will host an expect­ed 20,000 CEOs and heads of state in San Fran­cis­co this week. San Fran­cis­co May­or Lon­don Breed has argued that the con­fer­ence will bring in almost $53 mil­lion, which could revi­tal­ize the city’s …