During a news conference today, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel finally took up President Trump’s offer of federal law enforcement to help stem the spike of criminal violence in the Windy City. Emanuel said, "Send more FBI, DEA, ATF agents.” He added, "We don't have to talk about it anymore. Just send them."
Even so, Emanuel did not appear to welcome a visit from Trump. When asked if he would like a visit, Emanuel said “No.” He went on to say, "What I would really like is the federal resources."
In a tweet last week, Trump said that he would send “the feds” to Chicago if Emanuel cannot adequately tackle deadly violence there. Today, Trump reiterated his criticism, saying during an “African American History Month listening session,” “Chicago is totally out of control."
Sean Spicer, Trump’s spokesman, said last week that Trump had previously met with Emanuel and offered federal help. "That return call for help has not occurred," Spicer said a press briefing.
“I think what the president is upset about is turning on the television and seeing Americans killed by shootings," Spicer said, while adding that "too often that's happening in Chicago."
In January, 51 people were murdered. Three districts on the city’s South and West sides -- the 7th, 11th and 15th -- accounted for half of the city's murders last month. Emanuel said Chicago wants the federal aid but in partnership with local law enforcement. He insists that reducing violence will come with further police training, summer jobs for teens, and putting an end to the stop-and-frisk tactics advocated by Trump.