President Trump Announces 'Surge' of Federal Agents in Cities


President Trump opened his remarks describing "bloodshed" across American cities before announcing the expansion of "Operation Legend," saying he has "no choice" but to "surge" federal law enforcement into American cities to fight violent crime. It was reported that at least 63 people were shot in Chicago, nine of them under 18 over the weekend.

"Today I am announcing a surge of federal law enforcement into American communities plagued by violent crime,” President Trump said. The FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), U.S. Marshals Service, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would all send agents to Chicago.

Chicago's mayor said she wasn't interested in his help, citing the events in Portland. "We don't need federal agents without any insignia taking people off the streets and holding them, I think, unlawfully," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

Source: ABC News