Trump promises big crackdown coming on crime, drugs

Politics

CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) — President Donald Trump says the Justice Department will begin a stronger crackdown on violent crime in the United States.

Trump spoke Monday at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago.

The president says the crackdown will target gang members and drug traffickers in high-crime areas. He says: “Let’s call it the surge.”

Trump says the crackdown will be announced by Attorney General William Barr in the next few weeks. He says the best way to combat gun violence is to put criminals with firearms behind bars.

The Justice Department has prioritized reducing violent crime and encouraged prosecutors to take a strong stance against repeat offenders and felons in possession of firearms.

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11:55 a.m.

The White House says President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign an executive order at the International Association of Chiefs of Police gathering in Chicago that aims to address the root causes of crime.

The White House says the order will establish the first presidential commission on law enforcement in half a century, and calls for establishing a framework for better training, recruitment, and retainment of law enforcement officers.

The commission is tasked with studying issues like substance abuse, homelessness, and mental illness.

In the order, Trump calls for the commission to deliver recommendations to him within a year.

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11:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump is criticizing Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson for declining to attend a conference of police chiefs from around the country.

Johnson said he will not attend the speech because he opposes the administration’s immigration policies.

But Trump claims that Johnson is putting criminals and those people living in the country illegally before the citizens of Chicago.

Chicago is a “sanctuary city” where local authorities do not cooperate with immigration officials, denying information that would help them round up for deportation people living in the U.S. illegally. Proponents say Chicago’s efforts encourage cooperation between local police and immigrant communities.

Trump says “more than anyone else” Johnson should be at the conference because “maybe he could learn something.” Trump says he wants Johnson “to change his values and change them fast.”

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