President Trump on Wednesday said that the Justice Department would send federal law enforcement officials to Democratic-led cities experiencing an increase in violent crime, including Chicago, and again tried to draw a direct line between a rise in violence and Democratic policies.

“There is simply no substitute for a police department that has the strong backing of local leaders,” Mr. Trump said.

In a coronavirus-focused briefing held later at the White House, Mr. Trump denied that his decision to send federal agents to Chicago was a political stunt. “The cities unfortunately that are in trouble are all run by Democrats,” he said. “You have radical left Democrats running cities like Chicago and so many others that we just had a news conference and unfortunately that’s the way it is.”

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