On Wednesday, President Donald Trump met with several black leaders, including Cleveland Heights, Ohio megachurch pastor Rev. Darrell Scott, as a part of African-American History Month.
During the meeting, the New Revival Center senior pastor told the president that several top Chicago gang members had reached out to him with the desire to work with the president to deal with the rampant violence taking place in the city, according to CBS.
According to Scott, those gang leaders “believe in this administration” and in President Trump’s stated goal to deal with inner-city violence.
Interestingly, “They didn’t believe in the prior administration. They told me this out of their mouths,” Scott told the president and other round table participants.
“They reached out to me, because they’re associating me with you.” Scott continued, “They respect you. They believe in what you’re doing, and they want to have a sit-down about lowering that body count. So in a couple weeks, I’m going into Chicago. I said we’ve got to lower that body count. We don’t want to talk about anything else; get that body count down, and they agreed that the principals that can do it – these are 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 we’ll do some social programs.”
It’s a two-way street, the gang leaders told Scott. If the Trump administration will invest in social programs for poor urban residents, they would do their part to try to decrease current violence levels that have reached epidemic proportions.
To which Trump responded, “I think that’s a great idea, because Chicago is totally out of control. If they’re not going to solve the problem — and what you’re doing is the right thing — then we’re going to solve the problem for them, because we’re going to have to do something about Chicago, because what’s happening in Chicago should not be happening in this country.”
According to CBS, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has also called for federal assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms and FBI.
“Send more FBI, DEA, ATF agents. We don’t have to talk about it anymore. Just send them,” Emanuel said.
Watch the exchange below via Fox News Insider:
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