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Trump Threatens To 'Send In The Feds' To 'Fix' Chicago

| by Denise Recalde

President Donald Trump announced he will "send in the Feds" if the city of Chicago doesn't "fix" its gun violence problem.

In tweet sent out Jan. 24, the president talked of "horrible carnage" on the streets of the Midwestern city. 

"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 Daily Mail reports. 

2016 was the near bloodiest year in Chicago in the last 20 years with 762 murders, 3,550 gun shooting incidents and 4,331 shooting victims. 

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Twenty-four Chicago residents were shot in the city over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in mid-January.

Trump's tweet was reacting to statistics released on Jan. 24 that indicated the year will reflect the rising trend of violence in the city. 

While he was campaigning, Trump would occasionally refer to Chicago -- the country's third most populous city -- as the example city for increasing inner-city crime. Violent crime in the city rose in 2016 following a downward dive in fatalities for two decades. 

According to the Chicago Tribune, in his inaugural speech on Jan. 20, Trump spoke of "the crime, and the gangs, and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now."

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On Jan. 2, Trump tweeted about Chicago's murder rate, saying: "If Mayor can't do it he must ask for Federal help!"

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a Democrat, has not issued a response to Trump's latest comments.

The mayor was an active participant in Chicago's Women's March that took place on Jan. 21 -- a protest march against the newly elected president. 

In 2016, Emanuel unveiled a $36 million plan to address gun crime.

Trump also marked Jan. 24 as a "big day" for national security in reference to the wall he intends to build on the Mexican border. 

The president is expected to announce a temporary ban on immigration from certain Muslim countries considered a "threat to national security," such as Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia.   

So far, Trump has signed executive orders to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and approve the Dakota Access pipeline project, which was put on hold by former President Barack Obama following continued protests at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

Sources: Daily Mail, Chicago Tribune / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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