President Trump turned his attention to Chicago Tuesday night, saying that if the city doesn't do something about the epidemic of gun violence, he will. "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!" he tweeted. The Chicago Tribune reports that Trump appears to have taken his figures from a story it ran on Monday and there have now been 247 people shot in the city in 2017, with 44 killed. The Tribune notes that during his campaign, Trump claimed to have spoken with top Chicago police officials who told them they could stop the violence in a week with tougher measures, though the campaign declined to identify the officials he spoke to.
In an interview with WTTW Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel noted that the federal government already has a presence in Chicago, with FBI and ATF agents, among others, assisting local law enforcement, but he would welcome help from Trump in areas including gun tracking and funding the hiring of more police officers. "Over the years the federal government’s stepped back their resources, which we have stepped up," the mayor said. "The federal government can be a partner, and to be honest, they haven’t been for decades." Trump's remarks came a day after Emanuel publicly criticized Trump, telling reporters that the president should be focusing on jobs instead of the size of his inaugural crowd, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.