A few hours after President Trump falsely told a gathering of Congressional Republicans that Philadelphia's murder rate has been "terribly increasing," Mayor Kenney called the president a purveyor of "fake facts."
"It's fake facts. He has a the propensity to do it," Kenney said. "He doesn't care about the truth and I really do feel badly though that the men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department who dedicate themselves everyday to driving down our crime rate, and laying their lives on the line are standing out on the sidewalk, on the street protecting him and all the other dignitaries ... and he denigrates them."
Kenney said he's not happy with any crime level but Philadelphia's is at a 40-year-low. He said the federal government could play a role in driving the crime rate down further.
"If they want to help us a little bit with sensible gun control and stop trying to make our police officers ICE agents, scaring the bejeezus out of every immigrant in the city," he said.
Kenney did not meet with Trump during his brief stay in Philadelphia. He did not ask for a meeting, saying, "I don't know if it would be productive. If he wants to meet with me or other mayors I'm sure we could arrange for that to happen."