"President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he would dispatch federal authorities to Chicago if they didn't address violence in the city, which he described as "horrible 'carnage.'"
"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!" the president tweeted Tuesday.
It was not clear if he meant federal law-enforcement authorities or federal troops.
Trump's comments seemingly cite a Chicago Tribune report from Monday that said 228 people had been shot in the city so far in 2017, a 5.5 percent increase from the same time period last year. The 42 homicides, as he noted, increased by 24 percent from the 34 reported to this point in 2016.
Trump has repeatedly spoken out against Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's handling of violence within the city, often alluding to potential federal intervention. But Trump's comments Tuesday serve as his strongest rebuke yet since being sworn in to the presidency last Friday."
Does Trump know that using the army is illegal? I doubt it.