President Obama is still confident in Rahm Emanuel as Mayor of Chicago, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Sunday morning.
Appearing on NBC News' "Meet the Press," McDonough said of a recent visit to Chicago: "The city looks great, the opportunities there are boundless. And so, I think what the President sees is a city and a people of Chicago and a mayor of Chicago that continue to do very good work."
The embattled mayor has seen increased calls for his resignation this month, especially following the release of a report claiming city of Chicago lawyers met with Emanuel, before demanding “the Laquan McDonald family bury the video showing the killing of their son by a police officer.”
The dashcam video of a Chicago police officer shooting 17-year-old McDonald has sparked protests across the city.
When pressed on whether President Obama remains confident in Emanuel’s ability to do his job, McDonough replied, “The president is, and I’ll tell you, I just saw it up close and personal.”
McDonough also commented on the water crisis impacting Flint, Michigan, where children have been poisoned by lead from drinking tap water. Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican who has faced criticism for not responding to the disaster quickly enough, declared a state of emergency within the past week over the elevated levels of lead.
On whether the federal government would intervene, McDonough said the White House is “obviously very concerned about it ... we’re watching it very closely, but nobody has asked us anything yet.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District announced this week it would investigate the contamination of Flint’s drinking water.