DONALD Trump warned he could send “big numbers” of federal agents into violent cities and suggested that Democrat mayors will “want us to go in full blast.”
Speaking at a press briefing on Wednesday afternoon, Trump said he is “ready willing and able to go in with great force.”
When he was asked about Chicago, Trump described the city as “a disaster.”
“The mayor is telling us not to come in, at some point we can void that if we have to,” he told reporters. “We may have to at some point.
“I assume she’s saying that for political reasons. She’s a Democrat, I’m gonna be nice. “She’s making a big mistake, we can solve the problem.”
The president continued to say that the government has the resources to help the Illinois city, but they are “waiting for the Mayor respectfully.”
“Chicago should be calling us and Philadelphia and Detroit,” he said. “When you’re losing many many people a weekend they should call us and say come on it.”
“At some point we may have no other choice but to go in,” he concluded.
Earlier today, Trump claimed that the “bloodshed” in crime-ridden cities like Chicago “left him no choice” but to deploy federal agents to help.
“Today I’m announcing a surge of federal law enforcement to American communities plagued by violent crime,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
“We’ll work every single day to restore public safety and protect our nation’s children and bring violent perpetrators to justice.”
“This bloodshed must end, this bloodshed will end,” Trump added.
The President’s comments come just one day after 14 people were “ambushed” by gunmen outside a Chicago funeral home after a service for a murder victim.
First Deputy Superintendent Eric Carter said mourners outside a funeral home were fired upon from a passing SUV.
Carter says several targets of the shooting returned fire. The SUV later crashed and the occupants fled in several directions.
This bloodshed must end, this bloodshed will end.
One person of interest has been taken into custody; Carter says all the victims were adults.
The official also said that 14 victims were taken to five hospitals and 60 shell casings were found.
This comes after a weekend of violence in the city which saw 63 separate shootings prompting Donald Trump to brand the town “worse than Afghanistan.”
Figures from the start of July show that 1,500 people have been shot in Chicago this year – that’s around three times the number in New York City.
The shooting took place the day after Trump ordered 175 federal agents into Chicago as he vowed to combat “violent” Black Lives Matter protests.
“Well, it depends on what your definition of ‘troops’ is,” Trump said when he was asked about sending additional officers into the area. “I mean, we’re sending law enforcement.”