PresidentTrumpon Monday used his first trip to Chicago as president to tear into the city and its leadership, comparing its violence to Afghanistan and blasting officials as inept and disloyal to the U.S.
The president addressed the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, where he criticized the city’s crime rate and its policies protecting undocumented immigrants. He wasted little time blaming those issues on the city’s superintendent of police, Eddie Johnson, who boycotted the event.
“Here’s a man that could not bother to show up for a meeting of police chiefs … in his hometown and with the president of the United States. And you know why? It’s because he’s not doing his job,” Trump told the gathering of law enforcement officials.
Trump also hit Chicago over its “sanctuary city” policies, accusing Johnson of harboring undocumented immigrants at the expense of the safety of U.S. citizens and betraying his oath of duty.
The Chicago police chief did not attend the conference due to Trump’s values not aligning with his or the city’s.