President Donald Trump attended a conclave of police chiefs in Chicago on Monday where he called the city "a shame for us as a nation" after the local police chief refused to attend the event for opposing the president's immigration policies .
On several occasions, Trump has complained about crime in Chicago and has criticized the city for declaring itself a sanctuary city, that is, where local authorities do not collaborate with federal authorities to capture migrants who are in the country illegally.
"This is a shame for us as a nation," Trump said. "Everyone is talking about Chicago. Afghanistan is a safe place by comparison."RELATED
Trump strongly criticized local police commander Eddie Johnson, who angered the police department by refusing to attend the event.
"More than any other person, he should be here, because maybe he would learn something," said Trump, who accused Johnson of caring more for paperless immigrants than Chicagoans.
"Those are his values and frankly those values for me are a disgrace," Trump said. "I want Eddie Johnson to change his values and change them quickly."
The Chicago police department declined to comment on what Trump said.
Johnson's decision to refrain from the event angered the local chapter of the Fraternal Police Order, which said on Facebook that “such a gesture would be an insult to both President Trump and the presidency and would be a stain for the city against the entire nation , including Mayor Lori Lightfoot. "Mayor Lightfoot also refused to meet Trump.
The Franternal Order then announced that it had taken a vote of censure against Johnson.
Such a vote possibly pleased Trump, who in the past has urged cops not to be so kind to detainees and was applauded last year in the similar conclave, held in Orlando, Florida. There the president ruled in favor of the practice of arresting and reviewing suspicious people in the streets, something that the courts have described as unconstitutional.
The president's visit also occurs at a time when 25,000 members of the Chicago Teachers' Union have been on strike since October 17.
In the conclave, Trump signed an executive order to create a commission to study issues such as drug abuse, the proliferation of the poor and mentally ill, the White House reported. The order calls for measures to train, retain and recruit police.