Chicago police superintendent responds to Trump criticism

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson responded Monday afternoon to President Trump’s criticism of him in a speech in the Windy City, saying “if he’s truly ready to roll up his sleeves to partner with us, so are we.”

“Today, the same police officers the president criticized for their inability to protect this city spent all day protecting him,” Johnson said.

{mosads}“This president is known for doing a lot of talking about the city of Chicago. But if he’s truly ready to roll up his sleeves to partner with us, so are we—as long as that partnership reflects who we are as Chicagoans,” Johnson added.

Trump launched an extended attack on Johnson and the city in general in his first trip to Chicago as president Monday, telling the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police that “Afghanistan is a safe place by comparison” to audience laughter.

“Here’s a man that could not bother to show up for a meeting of police chiefs … in his hometown and with the president of the United States. And you know why? It’s because he’s not doing his job,” Trump told the audience after Johnson said he would not attend the conference, saying Trump’s presence did not align with the city’s “core values.”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) tweeted her support of Johnson after the remarks, saying it was “no surprise that @realDonaldTrump brought his insulting, ignorant buffoonery to Chicago.”

“Luckily, in this city, we know the truth and we will not let anyone — no matter how high the office — denigrate who we are as a people or our status as a welcoming city,” she added.

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