One problem: City Hall doesn't get anywhere near a single billion dollars, let alone the "billions" Trump has repeatedly proclaimed.
The federal web site that tracks spending -- USAspending.gov -- says individuals, agencies and other institutions in Baltimore have received roughly $8 billion over the past two years. But the vast majority has not gone to City Hall to distribute, according to the website, which is the federal government clearinghouse for spending data.
For example, at least $3 billion has gone to the Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corp. and the University of Maryland for research, medical care and other programs. More than $600 million pays for vouchers and other rental housing subsidies, money that winds up in the hands of landlords to help pay rent for low-income city residents.
A billion of the money represents payments by the Social Security Administration to retirees and disabled people, while nearly half a billion goes to Baltimore City Public Schools as "Title I" support to provide extra services for students from poor families. About $200 million goes to nonprofit agencies that help people with HIV or AIDS. Another $100 million has gone to college students through the federal Pell Grant program to help pay tuition.
According to Baltimore's official budget reports, the city government itself has received $380 million in federal assistance over the last two fiscal years for operating and capital expenses.
The Baltimore Sun