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Trump says he’s sending ‘federal help’ to stem Chicago violence

By Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY

For months, President Trump has vowed federal intervention to stem the plague of gun violence in Chicago. Now federal, city and state officials are set to announce details Friday about the creation of a joint strike force in the city to address the issue.

The formation of the “Chicago Crime Gun Strike Force” comes as President Trump on Friday in an early morning social media posting said he was “sending in Federal help” to the city — something he’s promised repeatedly since his election.

“Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help. 1714 shootings in Chicago this year!” Trump posted on Twitter.

Chicago Police officials say the strike force will be a specialized team of city cops, federal agents and Illinois state troopers who will work exclusively on stemming the flow of illegally possessed guns and targeting repeat gun offenders.


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