President Donald Trump praised law enforcement officers while speaking at the annual International Association of Police of Chiefs of Police in Chicago.
Trump opened his remarks told attendees “You don’t hear it enough, you do an incredible job. The people of this country know it. And the people of this country love you.”
Shortly after his speech began, Trump tore into Chicago, mentioning its gun violence statistics calling them and “embarrassing to our nation,” and comparing the city to Afghanistan:
“It’s embarrassing to us as a nation, all over the world they’re talking about Chicago. Afghanistan is a safe place by comparison.”
Watch his comments below:
Trump then turned his fire on Chicago’s Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson for skipping the event:
“There is one person that’s not here today — we’re in Chicago. I said, ‘Where is he? I want to talk to him’ In fact more than anyone else, this person should be here because maybe he could learn something. And that’s the Superintendent of Chicago Police Eddie Johnson.”
On Saturday, Johnson released a statement announcing his decision to boycott the event saying, “We are nothing without trust and with some of our communities under siege, it just doesn’t line up with our city’s core values along with my personal values.”
Trump called Johnson’s statement “insulting,” and blasted the police chief’s record citing the city’s homicide and gun violence statistics since Johnson took over the post.
Data compiled by the Chicago Tribune found that since the beginning of 2019, there have been 436 people killed. Most of the killings were shootings.
Trump also claimed that Johnson had denied more than 1,000 requests from immigration officials to detain immigrants in Chicago saying.
The president said Johnson puts criminals’ interests before law-abiding citizens and called his values “a disgrace”:
“And Eddie Johnson wants to talk about values. No, people like Johnson put criminals and illegal aliens before the citizens of Chicago and those are his values And frankly, those values are a disgrace”
Trump closed his remarks praising law enforcement officials and vowing to support them.