WASHINGTON – After President Donald Trump met with top members of the Fraternal Order of Police at the White House on Tuesday, including Dean Angelo, the Chicago president of the union, Angelo said he was “certain” Trump will help reduce crime in the city.
“Those programs that are necessary to reduce crime in Chicago, we feel certain the administration is going to work with us — especially gun violence in the city of Chicago,” Angelo told reporters outside the West Wing.
Angelo, who is running for re-election – balloting is ongoing through April 11 – was one of the nine FOP leaders at the meeting, with the discussion billed as a “listening session.”
The FOP backed Trump in the November election. Vice President Pence and Attorney General Jeff Session also attended the session with the union, with some 333,000 members clustered in some of the nation’s biggest cities.
The national FOP president, Kenneth “Chuck” Canterbury, Jr., told reporters the union supports the Trump administration plan – announced by Sessions on Monday — to strip Justice Department funding from sanctuary cities and counties – including Chicago and Cook County.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle are strong supporters of maintaining Chicago’s sanctuary-city status.
During the election and since becoming president on Jan. 20, Trump has been bringing up Chicago’s ongoing struggle to reduce violent crime in the city, threatening at one point to “send in the Feds.”
Tuesday, Trump again singled out Chicago.
“Sadly, our police are often prevented from doing their jobs,” he told reporters. “In too many of our communities, violent crime is on the rise. These are painful realities that many in Washington don’t want to talk about. We have seen it all over.”
Trump then noted that he has been speaking out about the “violence in Chicago.”
Said Trump, “I always ask, ‘What’s going on in Chicago?’”
“We will work every day to remove gang members and drug dealers from your communities.
Attendees at the FOP meeting with Trump also included:
• Mr. Jim Pasco, Jr., Senior Advisor to the National FOP President
• Mr. Roger Mayberry, National Sergeant-At-Arms
• Mr. Jason McDonald, National Vice President
• Mr. John McNesby, President of Philadelphia Lodge #5
• Mr. Thomas Penoza, National Treasurer
• Mr. Joe Perkins, Chairman of the National Board of Trustees
• Mr. Patrick Yoes, National Secretary