Chicago mayor slams Trump visit to city: 'Insulting, ignorant buffoonery'

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) on Monday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops MORE's visit to the city as "insulting, ignorant buffoonery."


"It's no surprise that @realDonaldTrump brought his insulting, ignorant buffoonery to Chicago,” the mayor tweeted following Trump's Monday visit. "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."

"Rather than belittle Chicago's communities with hateful and dishonest rhetoric, he needs to go back to D.C. and face his fate," Lightfoot added. 


The mayor also defended Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who Trump blasted after Johnson boycotted the president's appearance

"President Trump knows as much about policing as he does running a fair and transparent government. I stand by the Superintendent for living up to the values of this great city and its residents," she wrote. 


Trump's Monday visit, during which he spoke at the International Association of Chiefs of Police, was his first to Chicago as president. In the wide-ranging speech, he slammed the city’s crime rate and policies protecting undocumented immigrants.

“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 said of Johnson during the speech. 

Johnson responded Monday, saying that the city would partner with Trump if the partnership "reflects who we are as Chicagoans."

"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,” he said.

Trump has often criticized Chicago over its gun violence issues.