By The Associated Press
10/28/2019 | 03: 00 p.m.
CHICAGO.- President Donald Trump attended a conclave on Monday
police chiefs in Chicago where he called the city to be "a shame for
us as a nation ”after the local police chief refused to attend the
event for opposing the immigration policies of the president.
On several occasions, Trump has complained about crime in Chicago and
has criticized the city for declaring 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 in
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
I would learn something, ”said Trump, who accused Johnson of caring more for
Paperless immigrants than by the inhabitants of Chicago.
“Those are your values and frankly those values for me are a
misfortune, ”Trump said. "I want Eddie Johnson to change his values and
I change them quickly. ”
The Chicago police department declined to comment on what
expressed by Trump.
Johnson's decision to refrain from the event angered the local chapter
of the Fraternal Order of Police, who said on Facebook that “such a gesture would be a
insulting both President Trump and the presidency and it would be a stain for
the city in front of the entire nation, including Mayor Lori
Lightfoot. "Mayor Lightfoot also refused to meet
The Franternal Order then announced that it had taken a vote of censure
Such a vote possibly pleased Trump, who in the past has
urged the cops not to be so kind to the detainees and was applauded
last year in the similar conclave, held in Orlando, Florida. There he
president ruled in favor of the practice of stopping and checking people
suspects in the streets, something that the courts have described as
The visit of the president also occurs at a time when 25,000
members of the Chicago Teachers Union are on strike, since the
October the 17th.
In the conclave, Trump signed an executive order
to create a commission that studies issues such as drug abuse,
proliferation of poor homeless and mental illnesses, reported the
White House. The order calls for measures to train, retain and recruit