Trump says he is sending federal help to quell Chicago violence

Trump says he is sending federal help to quell Chicago violence

Following the official launch of the task force, Trump tweeted that federal help was needed to combat Chicago "epidemic" level of violence.

During an interview Friday morning on Fox News, Kellyanne Conway claimed that she had not yet had an opportunity to discuss the subject of the tweet with the president.

The van first hit Chicago's streets three weeks ago, and is scheduled to remain in the city until the end of July - but local officials including Mayor Rahm Emanuel said they would ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions to allow the van to stay until Labor Day.

His announcement aligns with previous tweets in which he called the city's murder rate "record setting" and the situation "totally out of control", noting if the "horrible "carnage" didn't subside, he'd "send in the Feds!". "Last year, more than 4,300 Chicagoans were shot, and more than 700 were killed-the deadliest year in two decades".

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Authorities say a growing partnership between federal law enforcement and the Chicago Police Department already is paying off.

"That's why, under President Trump's strong leadership, we have created the Chicago Gun Strike Force and are sending 20 more permanent ATF agents to Chicago, reallocating federal prosecutors and prioritizing prosecutions to reduce gun violence, and working with our law enforcement partners to stop the lawlessness".

Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement Thursday night that "we are foundationally changing the way we fight crime in Chicago".

"Murders are way, way too high", he said.

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Collins said in an email that the mayor's office has for months said it would welcome additional federal support and that city police have made progress even "without any of the new resources from the federal government we requested".

The Trump administration has been criticized for calling Chicago a "war zone" and "totally out of control" despite not laying out a long-term vision for America's cities.

The team will include an additional 20 ATF agents, who arrived in early June, according to a city official, as well as Chicago police officers, IL state troopers, intelligence analysts and state and federal prosecutors. Our federal partners from the USA attorney's office, the ATF, the FBI need to be much more invested in this overall strategy.

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