During a discussion with black leaders in the White House on Wednesday, Pastor Darrell Scott told President Trump that he will be visiting Chicago in the coming weeks to meet with “gang thugs” who want his help curbing the out-of-control violence in the city.
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The Cleveland pastor and early Trump supporter said, “I was recently contacted by some of the top gang thugs in Chicago for a sit-down.
“They reached out to me because they associated me with you. They respect you. They believe in what you’re doing,” Scott said.
“And they want to have a sit-down about lowering their body count, so in a couple weeks, I’m going into Chicago.”
“Great idea,” Trump responded, “because Chicago is totally out of control.”
The New Spirit Revival Center pastor continued, “These are the guys straight from the streets. No politicians — straight street guys. But they’re going to commit that if they lower that body count, we’ll come in and do some social programs.”
Trump told Scott, “If they’re not going to solve the problem, then we’re going to solve the problem for them,” adding, “what’s happening in Chicago should not be happening in this country.”
“They want to work with this administration,” Scott responded.
“They reached out. I didn’t reach out to them. They believe in this administration. They didn’t believe in the prior administration,” he said.
“They told me this out of their mouth. They see hope with you.”
ABC 7 reports January was another bloody month for the Windy City:
Police recorded 51 murders across the city last month, one more than January 2016, the department said. Although, the department said in a release last year that 51 people were murdered in Chicago in January 2016.
Three police districts on the city’s South and West sides – the Englewood, Harrison and Austin districts – accounted for about half of the city’s murders last month.
Police counted 234 shooting incidents – eight fewer than in January 2016 – with 299 victims, an increase of eight compared to the same period last year.