After Constant Trump Bashing From City Council, Feds Pass Over Baltimore for Help With New Crime Initiative

During his presidential campaign last year, Donald J. Trump frequently made reference to Baltimore’s struggle with violence, describing the city as “out of control” as he vowed to “get rid of the crime” across the nation.

But in one of his administration’s first policy announcements on criminal justice — a Justice Department initiative to help local law enforcement — Baltimore failed to make the first cut of cities to take part.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions unveiled the program Tuesday at a conference of law enforcement officials in Bethesda, about 40 miles from Baltimore. The state’s largest city has one of the highest homicide rates in the country, and is on pace to exceed 300 killings for the third year in a row.