President Donald Trump is wasting no time showing the country that there’s a new man in the White House and he expects action rather than talk, and he may be using the ongoing violence in Chicago as an object lesson.
On Tuesday, Trump’s fourth full day in office, he discussed the Windy City mayhem noting, “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!” That’s how the Chicago Sun-Times reported it.
Last year produced at least 762 slayings in Chicago, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration can’t seem to get a handle on the violence. The newspaper reported that Emanuel “already discussed federal assistance with Trump when he met with the then president-elect at Trump Tower in Manhattan on Dec. 7.
“Emanuel made a pitch when they talked for federal assistance to boost police hiring and youth mentoring programs that he hoped will stop a 50 percent surge in homicides and shootings,” the Sun Times added.
While some people may be aghast at Trump’s roll-up-your-sleeves-and-make-things-happen approach, a new Rasmussen Reports survey shows that 57 percent of likely voters so far approve of his job performance, although he has been on the job less than a week. That number includes 42 percent who “strongly approve” of his job performance so far, according to Rasmussen. Forty-three percent disapprove of his performance including 33 percent who “strongly disapprove.”
Probably several liberal mayors, including Emanuel, will gnash their teeth at Trump’s intentions regarding so-called “sanctuary cities.” Trump signed executive orders Wednesday that are aimed at fighting illegal immigration. He wants to “prioritize the deportation of illegal immigrants who violate other laws,” according to Fox News. Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and other liberal cities have policies in place that run counter to federal immigration law.
Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association was celebrating a decision by Congress to review an Obama administration effort to disarm some Social Security recipients who use “representative payees.” NRA called this effort an “ill-conceived action” that has “stripped (people) of their right to keep and bear arms without due process.”
Next week, Trump will announce his nominee for the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. The “short list” includes three possible choices: Judge Neil M. Gorsuch of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Judge William H. Pryor Jr. of the federal appeals court in Atlanta and Judge Thomas M. Hardiman of the federal appeals court in Philadelphia, the New York Times reported.