Chicago Superintendent of Police Eddie Johnson on Thursday fired back after President Trump said the city needed help dealing with its violence problem, saying the department asked the White House for help but still hasn't heard back.
"We have challenges with gun violence in several neighborhoods on the South and West sides of the city. It's unacceptable to me, to the Mayor and to Everyone who lives in Chicago," Johnson said in a statement.
"We've made requests to the White House and the Justice Department for them to support our work — from increasing federal gun prosecution to more FBI, [Drug Enforcement Agency] and [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] agents to more funding for mentoring, job training and more. We are still waiting for the administration's response to our request."
“What is going on there - totally out of control,” the president said.
Just days after he took office last month, Trump threatened to “send in the Feds” if Chicago didn’t “fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on."