Trump criticizes local governments, saying their cities are ‘like war zones’

Speaking to the press in the Oval Office on Wednesday, President Trump criticized some urban governments by saying their cities are “out of control.”

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DONALD TRUMP: Thank you.

- --taking over cities earlier this week. Is that what next week's announcement is about?

DONALD TRUMP: You'll be seeing next week. We'll have a conference next week. And we'll tell you in great detail. But it's something that I think, at this point, the American people want to see. They've been run very poorly, these cities, whether it's Seattle, where we were getting ready to go in and they decided to go in. And that's good. Minneapolis, where we had the National Guard go in. And as soon as they did that, we straightened that mess out. They should have been able to do it locally with their police.

Their police are good. They were told not to do anything. Or many other cases-- we're doing a great job in Portland. Portland was very rough. And they called us in. And we did a good job, to put it mildly. Many people in jail right now. But we have other cities that are out of control. They're like war zones. And if the city isn't to straighten out, if local politicians-- or, in this case-- I don't say this for political reasons-- they're all Democrats. They're liberal, left-wing Democrats.

And it's almost like they think this is going to be this way forever. Where in Chicago 68 people were shot and 18 died last week. We're not going to put up with that. We're not going to put up with that. So that's for our next discussion.

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