Donald Trump says “tough police tactics” could solve Chicago’s troubles with crime in a matter of days. In a discussion on crime and policing Monday night on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” the Republican presidential nominee said he had met an impressive senior officer in the Chicago Police Department, who said he could end the city’s crime in “one week.” Pressed by host Bill O’Reilly on specifics of the crime-fighting strategy, Trump offered a vague reply, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. “How? By being very much tougher than they are now. They’re right now not tough,” Trump said.
Trump said the officer was one of a “couple of very top police” with whom he had talked during a recent visit to the city. Police spokesman Frank Giancamilli said yesterday that no such conversation took place. “No one in the senior command … has ever met with Donald Trump or a member of his campaign,” Giancamilli said. Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said that Trump visited Chicago “in the spring,” which the Sun-Times said presumably meant a March trip that included a rally at University of Illinois at Chicago that Trump canceled because of security concerns. Trump has said that the rally was shut down at the request of the Chicago Police Department, a claim interim Superintendent John Escalante immediately said was false.