On Thursday night, President Trump tweeted about the impending gun violence within Chicago and how the city needs serious help.
“What is going on there — totally out of control,” Trump tweeted. He also noted that seven people were fatally shot in the city the previous night.
Following the late night tweet, Chicago’s Superintendent of Police Eddie Johnson quickly hit back, saying that his department has requested assistance from the White House but still hasn’t garnered a response.
Johnson has released a formal statement about his city’s violence problem and Trump:
“We have challenges with gun violence in several neighborhoods on the South and West sides of the city. It’s unacceptable to me, to the Mayor and to Everyone who lives in Chicago. We’ve made requests to the White House and the Justice Department for them to support our work — from increasing federal gun prosecution to more FBI, DEA and ATF agents to more funding for mentoring, job training and more. We are still waiting for the administration’s response to our request.”
Trump’s tweet can be seen below:
Seven people shot and killed yesterday in Chicago. What is going on there – totally out of control. Chicago needs help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2017
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