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White House eyeing $18 billion list of social program cuts

30 March 2017

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Angelo was the only president of a local municipal fraternal order of police to be personally invited to Washington by the Trump administration.

Trump told the group he intends to preserve federal programs that police say are beneficial and "wants to work with us to make sure the dollars are spent in the best way", Canterbury said.

Top law enforcement officials praised President Donald Trump after a White House meeting to discuss violence against police, reducing gun violence and the nation's opioid epidemic, the Washington Examiner is reporting. With more than 700 murders a year ago, Trump has called Chicago's violence "out of control".

Trump said he was "removing criminals all over the country".

Angelo said he wants to ensure that any federal resources offered get to where they are supposed to go.

"On more than one occasion, President Trump has referenced the bloodshed and shootings that seems (sic) to have Chicago in a death grip", Angelo said in the release.

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The White House is following up its longshot roster of budget cuts with a wish list of $18 billion in reductions, including cuts to medical research, infrastructure and community development grants.

A lingering issue is the Justice Department's scathing report in January, in the waning days of President Barack Obama's term, that found Chicago police were poorly trained and quick to use excessive force, including deadly force.

A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment when asked about the discrepancy between the executive order and Sessions' announcement.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was also in Tuesday's meeting, has publicly vowed to "pull back" on such federal civil rights probes of local police agencies.

Attorney General Sessions told the FOP leadership that he looks forward to continuing to work closely with them to tackle the challenges facing law enforcement as they work to keep our communities safe.

White House eyeing $18 billion list of social program cuts