During an interview with ABC News, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that two people were shot in Chicago while former president Barack Obama was giving his farewell address.
That part of the interview didn’t air on Wednesday night, but it was part of the transcript of the interview. The Chicago Tribune responded after it was published to say that no homicides were committed during the hour in which Obama was speaking on Jan. 10, pointing to police department records as proof.
Trump made the claim during a segment of the interview in which Muir asked about a recent tweet that the president sent out threatening to send the “feds” to Chicago if the epidemic of violence there was not ended.
“Well, so far they have been unable [to fix the problem]. It’s been going on for years. And I wasn’t president,” Trump said. “So, look, when President Obama was there two weeks ago making a speech, very nice speech. Two people were shot and killed during his speech. You can’t have that.”
On Tuesday, Trump tweeted out this message concerning Chicago: “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible “carnage” going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!”