Chicago Police Chief Declines to Attend Trump’s First Visit to the City

After it had been announced that President Donald Trump would visit the city of Chicago for the first time in his presidency next Monday, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has confirmed that he will not attend the president’s speech, The Hill reports.

The president will be speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference, and although Johnson confirmed through a spokesman that he would be attending several other events at the conference, he would not be attending President Trump’s speech.

Johnson’s spokesman, in justifying Johnson’s decision, said that “the values of the people of Chicago are more important to [Johnson] than anything that could be discussed at that speech.”

The occasion being President Trump’s first visit to Chicago is significant, after numerous exchanges between the president and city officials such as Mayor Rahm Emmanuel over the city’s widespread violence, sanctuary city status, and gun control.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22).

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