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On first Chicago visit as president, Trump and city trade insults over values as protesters take to streets

CHICAGO - Donald Trump's first visit to Chicago as president turned into a fusillade of insults Monday as he excoriated police Superintendent Eddie Johnson over gun violence while Mayor Lori Lightfoot backed her top cop and assailed the nation's chief executive for bringing his "ignorant buffoonery" to the city.

In his five-hour visit, Trump used an international gathering of police chiefs at McCormick Place to make an absent Johnson his foil in restating a list of grievances against the city, its crime and its sanctuary status for immigrants. Chicago, he said, is "embarrassing to us as a nation" and that "Afghanistan is a safe place by comparison."

Johnson boycotted the president's address, saying it was not in line with his or the city's values. That prompted a president known to get combative when he believes he's been insulted to

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