President Donald Trump at a media availability after receiving a law enforcement briefing at an event titled "Keeping American Communities Safe" on Wednesday. The president was joined by Attorney General Bill Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Good luck, John. Good luck. That's really great. So important.
It's like central casting. People are like central casting. And you're going to do a great job, and we appreciate it.
And we will be meeting you in a similar vein, but a little different subject next week, and that concerns our cities and, again, people that have lost control of some of our great cities. We're going to straighten things out.
Thank you all very much. Thank you.
QUESTION: Mr. President, you talked about taking over cities earlier this week. Is that what next week's announcement is about?
TRUMP: You'll be seeing next week. We'll have a conference next week and we'll tell you in great detail, but it's something that I think, at this point, the American people want to see. They've been run very poorly, these cities, whether it's Seattle, where we were getting ready to go in and they decided to go in, and that's good. Minneapolis, where we had the National Guard go in, and as soon as they did that, we straightened that mess out. They should've been able to do it locally with their police. Their police are good; they were told not to do anything. Or many other cases. We're doing a great job.
In Portland -- Portland was very rough and they called us in, and we did a good job, to put it mildly. Many people in jail right now.
But we have other cities that are out of control; they're like warzones. And if the cities are going to straighten it out, if local politicians, or in this case -- I don't say this for political reasons -- they're all Democrats. They're liberal, left-wing Democrats. And it's almost like they think this is going to be this way forever, where in Chicago, 68 people were shot and 18 died last week. We're not going to put up with that. We're not going to put up with that.
So that's for our next discussion. Thank you all very much. I appreciate it. Thank you.