Donald Trump says he is sending federal help to fight Chicago crime

 US President Donald Trump waits before the arrival of President of South Korea Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jeong-suk at the South Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, on June 29, 2017.
US President Donald Trump waits before the arrival of President of South Korea Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jeong-suk at the South Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, on June 29, 2017. PHOTO: EPA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US President Donald Trump said on Friday (June 30) he was sending federal help to fight crime in Chicago that has reached "epidemic" proportions.

The president, who in January decried the high crime rate in the Midwestern U.S. city as "carnage," did not specify what type of help he planned to send.

"Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help. 1714 shootings in Chicago this year!" Trump wrote in an early morning Twitter post.