President Trump comments on Detroit's murder rate during Tulsa speech

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Posted at 7:58 AM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 07:59:46-04

(WXYZ) — President Donald Trump called out Detroit's crime in his speech in Tulsa on Saturday night.

Speaking to a crowd, Trump said, "The murder rate in Baltimore and Detroit is higher than El Salvador, Guatemala, or even Afghanistan."

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan declined to comment on Trump's statement.

His comment came as he was speaking about Democrats.

"How are they doing? The Democrats running those cities? Your whole country will be like that," Trump added.

There were 273 homicides in the city of Detroit last year – up from 261 the year before. The 261 homicides in 2018 were the city's lowest in 50 years.

According to the AP, last October, El Salvador's murder rate dropped to an average of 3.6 killings per day in October. There were 112 murders in October – with a country of 6.5 million. In 2018, El Salvador recorded 3,340 murders, about nine per day.