Father Michael Pfleger has invited United States President Donald Trump to visit with him in Chicago in order to discuss the ongoing problem with gun violence that plagues the city. The invitation extended by Pfleger is the third time he has reached out to Trump.
Trump was vocal about the gun violence in the city while campaigning for the presidency and has continued to make constant Tweets about the matter. But Father Pfleger feels that it is time for President Trump to stop talking about the problems in the city and actually do something about them.
Pfleger is the priest at St. Sabina Church located in southside Chicago and says he first sent a mail correspondence to the president 10 days after his inauguration. The priest also says that he sent the president a letter a month later but still received no response.
In a briefing that took place at the White House, Sarah Sander, press secretary, was questioned in regards to the two letters sent by Father Pfleger. Sanders responded by saying she was not aware of the letters and would need to check before giving a further response.
This prompted Pfleger’s third letter which he crafted on Tuesday that reiterated the Father’s desire to have the president come to Chicago to see first hand what is happening in the streets and aide the city with ridding itself of “this epidemic.”
Pfleger wants President Trump to speak directly with members of the community that deal daily with the violence that prevails in many Chicago neighborhoods.
Father Pfleger expressed that he finds it offensive that President Trump frequently speaks of how horrible the city of Chicago is but has yet to give any real attention to the matter. Pfleger also stated that he has written to several United States Presidents over the years and Trump is the only one that has not responded.