(TIML NEWS) U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said in a Twitter message on Monday that Chicago’s mayor must ask for U.S. government help if the city fails to reduce its homicide rate, which hit a 20-year high in 2016.
The city responded that Trump and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had previously spoken and agreed to ways the federal government could help.
“Chicago murder rate is record setting – 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can’t do it he must ask for Federal help!” Trump tweeted.
The president-elect correctly reported crime numbers published by the Chicago Police Department on Sunday, but the figures were not record-setting. During the presidential campaign, Trump periodically referred to Chicago, America’s third most populous city, as an example of rising inner-city crime, which ticked up nationally in 2016 after a two-decade downward trend.
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