Police chief skipping Trump's 1st Chicago visit as president

CHICAGO (AP) — Donald Trump's appearance next week at a police chiefs conference will be his first visit as president to Chicago, a city he has ridiculed for years. The city's top cop plans to skip the speech, even though he's hosting the event.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson's apparent snub of Trump's speech Monday at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference is the latest chapter in a long and contentious relationship between the Republican president and the nation's third-largest city, a Democratic stronghold.

"The values of the people of Chicago are more important to him than anything that could be discussed at that speech," Johnson's spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, said shortly after the White House announced Trump's planned address at the conference.

Guglielmi added that Johnson will be hosting and attending several events at the conference.

Since his campaign, Trump has repeatedly singled out the city, both for what he says is its unwillingness to get tough on criminals and what he complains is a willingness to coddle immigrants living in the country illegally. His mere presence in the city prompted him to leave without making a speech at a campaign rally in 2016 after protesters and supporters clashed even before he made it to the stage.

Even before that, he drew the ire of city officials when he attached 20-foot-tall letters spelling "TRUMP" on the side of his Trump International Hotel and Tower. Trump took great pleasure when then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel concluded there was nothing he could do about the letters, no matter how "architecturally tasteless" they were.

Trump blamed the Chicago Tribune's architecture critic for stirring up opposition about the signage, calling him a "third-rate architectural critic." It was a precursor to his more recent ridicule of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as either a "third-rate" or "third-grade" politician.

More recently, Trump has used the city's surge in gun violence to call for a crackdown on criminals.

"What the hell is going on in Chicago?" he asked at a 2017 rally in Florida. "There are those who say that Afghanistan is safer than Chicago, OK?... You know what's wrong with Chicago? Weak, ineffective politicians. Democrats ..."

In another rally that year, Trump singled out Emanuel, telling the audience: "Better tell that mayor to get tough because it's not working what they're doing."

Trump has even suggested that Chicago should embrace the stop-and-frisk policing method in which large numbers of people are temporarily detained, questioned and sometimes searched for drugs even after it was deemed unconstitutional.

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A vigil for Damien Santoyo, 14-year-old, who died on August 6, 2017 on the steps after being shot in the head during a drive-by shooting in the 1700 block of South Newberry Avenue in Chicago, Illinois on August 7, 2017. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
A rose and melted wax from candles used at a vigil for Daniel Cordova, 26-year-old, in the 2500 block of West 46th Place in Chicago, Ilinois on May 8, 2017. Cordova, was found dead at the scene on May 7, 2017, and died of multiple gunshot wounds. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
Candles are lit in memory of Joshua Rayborn, 28-year-old, outside his home in the 2900 block of South Arch Street in Chicago, Illinois on September 20, 2017. Rayburn, who is married with two children, died form a gunshot wound to his chest on September 18, 2017. An 18-year-old is charged with first-degree murder in his death. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
Police tape marking off a crime scene near the 2600 block of West 46th Place where Adriana Williams, 27-year-old, and her brother Michael Williams, 24-year-old, were killed in Chicago, Illinois on May 8, 2017. Both Williams' were shot on May 7, 2017, while attending a memorial for their friend Daniel Cordova, 26-year-old, who was killed around 13 hours earlier on the same block. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
Flowers are placed in a doorway for Cynthia Trevillion, 64-year-old, at the 6900 block of North Glenwood Avenue in Chicago, Illinois on October 15, 2017. Trevillion, a teacher at Chicago Waldorf School in Rogers Park, was an unintended target and caught in crossfire from a drive-by shooting while walking with her husband. Trevillion died from gunshot wounds to her head and neck on October 13, 2017. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
Flowers and a candle are placed in a bush for Jeyson Gonzalez, 15-year-old, in an alley near the 4400 block of Maplewood Avenue in Chicago in this photo taken October 28, 2017. Gonzalez was shot wile walking in the alley with another boy, who was also seriously wounded in the incident on October 26, 2017. Two teenagers have been charged with his murder. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
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A vigil for Semaj Crosby, 17-month-old, outside her home in the 300 block of Louis Road in Joliet, Illinois on April 28, 2017. Crosby was reported missing on April 25, but was later found under a couch in her home on April 27. Her death is being ruled as a homicide by asphyxia. No one has been charged in her death. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
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A message is written on a post for Michelle 'Kano' Cano, 21-year-old, in the 4700 block of South Fairfield Avenue in Chicago, Illinois on September 17, 2017. Cano was shot to death, along with three others, while sitting in a car on September 15, 2017. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
A cross for Jawon Garrett sits among dozens of other crosses at a make-shift memorial for the victims of violence in the 5500 block of South Bishop Street in Chicago, Illinois on September 25, 2017. Garrett, 40-year-old, died from multiple gunshots to the body in 2300 block of West Madison Street on September 13, 2017. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
A wilted rose is placed on a wooden cross for Juan A, Vasquez, 35-year-old, at a makeshift memorial in Chicago, Illinois on June 29, 2017. Vasquez died from his injuries on January 11, 2017, 11 days after being shot in the head. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
A mural is painted on the side of store in the 400 block of East 63rd Street in Chicago, an area also known as 'Murder Drive' in this photo taken October 11, 2017. The area is also known as 'O Block' near where former first lady Michelle Obama grew up. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
A memorial for Xavier Joy, 23-year-old, in a parking lot in the 6200 block of South Ingleside Avenue in Chicago, Illinois on November 3, 2017. Joy was shot several times and died June 8, 2017. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
A brick with the name of Hadiyah Pendleton, 15-year-old, is seen stacked up with the bricks for other victims of violence at the Kids Off the Block Memorial in the 11600 block of South Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois on October 9, 2017. Pendleton, a majorette, who performed at U.S. President Barack Obama's second inauguration, was shot in the back in the 4500 block of South Oakenwald Avenue on January 29, 2013. Two alleged gang member have been arrested and charged with her murder. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
A balloon for Community Activist William 'Willie' Cooper, 58-year-old, is seen next to a billboard in the 100 block of West 95th Street in Chicago, Illinois on July 18, 2017. Cooper was shot in the mouth and torso from an AR-15 assault rifle during a drive-by shooting and died at the scene on July 15, 2017. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
A memorial for Eduardo Pena, 21-year-old, at the 5700 block of South Kenzie Avenue in Chicago, Illinois on October 25, 2017. Pena, who was driving in a vehicle, was rammed from behind by a driver in a truck and crashed into a tree two blocks away. Pena died from injuries from the crash on October 22, two days before his birthday. Police are treating it as a homicide. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
Balloons blow in the wind as part of a memorial for Kenta Holyfield, 39-year-old, and Lonnie Hartman, 31-year-old, outside a store in the 3800 block of West Augusta in Chicago, Illinois on October 28, 2017. Holyfield who died from gunshots to his head and chest, and Hartman who was shot multiple times in his body, were both murdered on October 27, 2017. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
Flowers are placed in a doorway for Cynthia Trevillion, 64-year-old, at the 6900 block of North Glenwood Avenue in Chicago, Illinois on October 15, 2017. Trevillion, a teacher at Chicago Waldorf School in Rogers Park, was an unintended target and caught in crossfire from a drive-by shooting while walking with her husband. Trevillion died from gunshot wounds to her head and neck on October 13, 2017. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
Crosses lay in memory of family members including Rosaura Martinez, 58-year-old, who was stabbed to death in the 5700 block of South California Avenue in Chicago, Illinois on September 26, 2017. Martinez and 5 others were found dead in their home on February 4, 2016. Diego Uribe Cruz, 22-year-old, and Jafeth Ramos, 19-year-old, have been charged in the robbery that turned to murder on February 4, 2016. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
A paramedic's glove is seen on the ground at 200 block of South Hoyne Avenue in Chicago, Illinois where Antwon High, 26-year-old, on June 21, 2017. High died from a gunshot wound to the chest on June 20, 2017. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
Michael Fickett,17-year-old, is remembered on a mural for victims of murder in the 2700 block of 47th street in Chicago, Illinois on September 20, 2017. Fickett was shot in the chest in the 5700 block of South Homan and died August 9, 1992. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
A cross is laid in honor of Elliott Brown, 25-year-old, in a field next to New Life Covenant Church in Chicago, Illinois on June 20, 2017. Brown was shot in his car while driving on the Chicago Skyway bridge January 13, 2016. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
A memorial in a parking lot for Tony Haywood, 25-year-old, in the 7900 block of South Chicago Avenue in Chicago, Illinois on July 23, 2017. Haywood died from multiple gunshot wounds and family member used white pain to cover up the blood from the shooting which happened on July 17, 2017. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
A memorial for Jazebel Aleman, 3-year-old, near her home in the 2500 block of South Homan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois on June 21, 2017. Aleman died of multiple injuries resulting from an assault on June 18, 2017. Prosecutors have charged Eduardo Aleman, 26-year-old, with the beating death of his daughter. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
Balloons are tied to a pole in memory of Jeremy Scullark, 28-year-old, on the feeder ramp to the Dan Ryan Expressway near Cermak Road in Chicago, Illinois on April 22, 2017. Scullark was shot and killed while driving in a car on April 19, 2017. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
A vigil for Irving Estrada, 17-years-old, in the 1600 block of South 56th Court in Cicero, Illinois, on August 23, 2017. Estrada was shot while playing basketball on the court on August 22, 2017. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
A memorial in a parking lot for Tony Haywood, 25-year-old, in the 7900 block of South Chicago Avenue in Chicago, Illinois on July 23, 2017. Haywood died from multiple gunshot wounds and family member used white pain to cover up the blood from the shooting which happened on July 17, 2017. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
A man holds up a sign during a memorial for Emmanuel Fleming, 34-year-old, and Michael Swift, 46-year-old, in Chicago, Illinois on August 14, 2017. Fleming and Swift were shot on the steps of the Friendship Baptist Church in the 200 block of South Laramie Avenue as they arrived for Sunday service on August 13, 2017. Both men died from multiple gunshot wounds. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
Melted candles lay on the ground in memory of Angelique Morris, 17-years-old, in the 10400 block of Michael Todd Terrace in Glenview, Illinois, in this photo taken July 10, 2017. Morris died from a gunshot wound to the head in the 9900 block of Linda Lane in Des Plaines, Illinois on July 8, 2017. A 17-year-old boy has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for the fatal shooting. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
Police investigate the shooting deaths of Emmanuel Fleming, 34-year-old, and Michael Swift, 46-year-old, at the Friendship Baptist Church in Chicago in this photo taken August 13, 2017. Fleming and Swift were shot on the steps of the church in the 200 block of South Laramie Avenue as they arrived for Sunday service on August 13, 2017. Both men died from multiple gunshot wounds. These are the images of Chicago's murders -- tragedies playing out in the third largest American city in numbers unmatched by any other major US metropolis. Canadian photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the runaway bloodshed plaguing the Midwest's capital and his adopted hometown, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
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He has spoken numerous times about an unnamed Chicago police officer who lamented that the department could stop the violence if they let officers do their job. That story, depending on the telling, has the officer saying police could clean things up in "immediately," ''in one week," or "two days."

Trump tweeted in early 2017 that he would "send in the Feds" if "Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on." Johnson responded by saying he didn't know what Trump was suggesting he was going to do, and Emanuel rejected the president's offer if that offer was to send in the National Guard.

The president has made false assertions about gun violence in Chicago, starting with his contention during his campaign that the city has the toughest gun laws in the United States. By the time Trump the candidate was making that assertion in 2015, many of the city's gun laws had either been overturned or gutted. Then, shortly after he was inaugurated in 2017, he claimed two people were fatally shot during former President Barack Obama's farewell address a few weeks earlier.

The Tribune reported that its own database showed "no slayings for about 24 hours before or after Obama's speech."

A reference to the city made it into a statement former Trump attorney Michael Cohen released earlier this year before an appearance in front of the U.S. House. He spoke of Trump driving through a struggling Chicago neighborhood and remarking that only black people could live that way.

Chicago also has taken a leading role in the president's battle with so-called sanctuary cities. After a federal appeals court ruled that then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions cold not tie the distribution of federal grant money to cities' willingness to cooperate with immigration authorities, a federal judge ruled in favor of the city in its lawsuit over the Justice Department's attempt to tie the money to new immigration requirements, including giving federal agents access to local jails. But just a few months ago, a federal appeals judge ruled that the Justice Department could give preferential treatment in awarding community policing grants to cities that cooperate with immigration authorities.

When Trump later said he was strongly considering placing "Illegal immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only," Emanuel quickly shot back that Chicago would "welcome these migrants with open arms."

Johnson's announcement about the conference comes just days after he told reporters that he was ordering an internal investigation of himself after he was found asleep in his SUV at a stop light. Officers let him drive home without a roadside sobriety test. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Johnson acknowledged to her that he'd had "a couple drinks with dinner."

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