President Trump used his first trip to Chicago as president to attack the city and its leadership, comparing its violence to Afghanistan and ripping into officials as inept and disloyal to the U.S. during a speech at the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Trump railed against the city’s superintendent of police, Eddie Johnson, who boycotted the event and said Trump’s presence did not align with his or the city’s “core values.”
The president suggested that he should be replaced while describing the city as more dangerous than Afghanistan.
“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 gathering of law enforcement officials.
Trump accused Johnson of harboring undocumented immigrants at the expense of the safety of U.S. citizens and betraying his oath of duty.
“People like Johnson put criminals and illegal aliens before the citizens of Chicago, and those are his values,” Trump said. “Frankly, those values, to me, are a disgrace.”
“It’s embarrassing to us as a nation,” Trump said of the city’s crime rate. “All over the world, they’re talking about Chicago. Afghanistan is a safe place by comparison.”
“It’s true,” Trump added after some in the audience chuckled.
Trump also took a victory lap during his speech following his administration’s successful military raid that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over the weekend.
“It was a tremendous weekend for our country. We killed ISIS leader al-Baghdadi,” Trump said. “He was a sick and depraved man and now he’s dead. He’s dead, he’s dead as a doornail and he didn’t die bravely, I can tell you that.”
Trump added that “another president should have gotten” Baghdadi, suggesting former President Obama was not focused on taking down the ISIS leader.
“He should’ve been killed years ago,” Trump said. “Another president should’ve gotten him. But to me it was very important.”