Trump on crime in Chicago: “What the hell is going on in Chicago? What the hell is happening there?” pic.twitter.com/HMTANkGYSz
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President Donald Trump spoke today at the FBI Academy, to address a roomful of Quantico graduates. He congratulated them on their success, their future in law enforcement and said he would be “more loyal” to the agency “than anyone else can be.”
“I will never, ever let you down, ever,” he said.
This comes after weeks of sparring between the White House and the FBI, as Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia have started to produce a fair amount of fruit.
It was a bizarre, meandering speech that touched on everything from police brutality to the immigration debate.
There was also the below exchange, lamenting the crime rate in Chicago, which seemed lifted wholesale from the stump.
“In the last two years America has seen a tragic rise in violent crime,” he said. “In 2015 and 2016 we witnessed the steepest two year consecutive increase in murders in nearly half a century.”
“You look at what’s going on in Chicago. What the HELL is going on in Chicago? What the hell is happening there?”
An astute viewer will notice that while Trump opened by saying there has been a tragic rise in violent crime “the last two years,” he only mentioned 2015 and 2016 specifically, both years in which Barack Obama was president.
To be fair, 2017 has seen a slight downtick in crime, particularly murder, and Chicago’s crime rate does remain stubbornly high.
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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