Mayor Rahm Emanuel answers questions after the city council meeting on March 29, 2017.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday touted gains made in Chicago public schools under his watch after President Donald Trump said this week that the "numbers" in Chicago schools are "very rough."
Emanuel has repeatedly jumped at the chance to publicly engage Trump after the president takes one of his frequent jabs at Chicago, positioning himself as a defender of the overwhelmingly Democratic city. On Wednesday, the mayor came to a news conference touting a school initiative and armed with copies of reports he says show Chicago Public Schools students making strides.
Emanuel said he would mail the reports to the president and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to show them the truth.
And the mayor connected Gov. Bruce Rauner to Trump, hearkening back to Rauner’s comment last year that Chicago schools are like "crumbling prisons."
Trump was meeting with business executives at the White House on Tuesday when he responded to a question about the college readiness of high school students in New York by also mentioning Chicago and Los Angeles.
"Even the numbers, as good — you say we’re doing better, but the numbers in New York, the numbers in Chicago are very rough," Trump said. "’The numbers in Los Angeles, the cities, it’s a very rough situation."
Emanuel took a shot at Trump’s penchant for talking about "fake news" while disputing the president’s view of Chicago.
"Now, the president of the United States is allowed to have fake news, but the facts are the facts about the city of Chicago," Emanuel said. "Now, I know he has a view like, shared by our governor, which he referred to our public schools like prisons. So I’ve asked the office to send these reports to both Betsy DeVos, secretary of education, and the president of the United States."