Trump criticizes Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson in morning tweet about crime

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump doesn’t want to quit his political brawl with the city of Chicago and its head of police just yet.

“Chicago will never stop its crime wave with the current Superintendent of Police. It just won’t happen!” Trump tweeted on Friday, four days after renewing hostilities with the city over the issue of violence in the Windy City.

“All over the world, they’re talking about Chicago – Afghanistan is a safe place by comparison,” Trump said during a speech at a conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Trump has often made Chicago a political punching bag, citing its murder rate in particular.  

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, the subject of Trump’s ire, responded to the speech by saying the president distorted the city’s situation and ignored its progress.

“The national narrative that Chicago is a city on fire is simply not true,” said Johnson, who had boycotted Trump’s speech over his previous criticisms of the city.

Noting that Chicago police officers spent all day protecting Trump, only to be criticized in public by him, Johnson told reporters: “What we should continue to focus on is the fact that Chicago has made progress in the last few years.”

With his Friday tweet, Trump appeared to be responding to an interview on the cable news program “Fox Friends.” During the program, Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham criticized Johnson for not attending Trump’s speech.

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