CHICAGO (WLS) - New York billionaire Donald Trump is weighing in on Chicago’s rising murder rate and criticizing President Barack Obama for ignoring the violence in his home town.
"You would think that a man that really comes from Chicago and that becomes President would make sure that there would be zero crime in the place he left. I really think it's a terrible thing and it's never been so bad. It's very sad,” said Trump.
Murders in Chicago are up about 30 percent this year with over 275 killings, many of them gang-related.
Trump, who owns Chicago’s Trump International Hotel and Tower, told “The Don and Roma Show” on 89 WLS that’s he’s concerned.
"I don't know what's going on in Chicago, and you know I have a big investment in Chicago and I have many, many friends in Chicago, and I'm morally invested in Chicago also,” said Trump.
Trump said there is a perception outside of Chicago, that the city is a very dangerous place.
“It's very sad because you go outside of Chicago and they use that as the crime capital of the world. They're saying it's worse than Mexico, you know you hear all about Mexico and the drug cartels yet they say its worse,” said Trump. “They actually say it's the most unsafe place on earth, worse than Afghanistan.”
Even though there have been a number of attacks downtown and on the near north side by roving groups of young people, Trump admits he has not heard of much crime near his skyscraper at Wabash and the Chicago River.
"Now I don't see it where we're located but boy it must be terrible,” said Trump.