President Donald Trump will speak at the Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference in Kansas City Friday. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Kansas City, Don Ledford, confirmed the visit for Missourinet Monday.
The two-and-a-half day closed event is being held at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Plaza Hotel starting Wednesday.
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will also address the National Conference, which brings together U.S. attorneys along with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement personnel to focus on violent crime reduction.
Project Safe Neighborhoods is an initiative of the Justice Department. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the reinvigoration of Project Safe Neighborhoods in October 2017 in an effort to address violent crime.
U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison told Missourinet in July that Missouri has three of the top 15 most violent cities in the nation in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield.
President Trump will speak during the closing half day of the Kansas City event. It’ll be the President’s eighth trip to Missouri since taking office. He made numerous campaign stops in the Show-Me-State during the 2018 election cycle to drum up support for Republican U.S. Senator-Elect Josh Hawley, who defeated two-term incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill in November’s contest.
(Missourinet’s Brian Hauswirth contributed to this report)