Trump says he will 'send in the Feds' if Chicago does not end violence

Chicago Police officers and bystanders stand near yellow and red crime scene tape where a man was shot in the head on Nov 16, 2016.
Chicago Police officers and bystanders stand near yellow and red crime scene tape where a man was shot in the head on Nov 16, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Tuesday (Jan 25) that he would "send in the Feds" to Chicago if it doesn't "fix the horrible 'carnage'" of violence in the city.

In his inauguration speech last Friday, Mr Trump accused the Washington establishment of protecting itself but abandoning regular citizens who have suffered from poverty and crime.

"This American carnage stops right here and stops right now," he said.

In his tweet on Tuesday, Mr Trump said: "If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible 'carnage' going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!"

It was not clear what he meant by "the Feds".

 

During the presidential campaign, Mr Trump periodically referred to Chicago, America's third most-populous city, as an example of rising inner-city crime, which ticked up nationally in 2016 after a two-decade downward trend.

On Jan 2, Mr Trump tweeted about Chicago's effort to lower its murder rate, saying: "If Mayor can't do it he must ask for Federal help!"

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday questioned Mr Trump's focus on the size of the crowd at his inauguration ceremony and for missing a chance with his speech to appeal to "our better angels as a country," the Chicago Tribune reported.