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Ivanka Trump slammed for 'misleading' tweets about gun violence

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has called out Ivanka Trump for "misleading" tweets. Source: AAP

In the wake of a series of mass shootings in the US, Ivanka Trump has tried to draw attention to the fact Chicago also experienced its "deadliest weekend of the year". The only problem? Chicago's mayor said the tweets were incorrect.

Chicago's mayor has criticised US President Donald Trump's daughter for two "misleading" tweets drawing attention to gun crime in the city in the wake of two mass-shootings across the country. 

On Wednesday, Ivanka Trump - who acts as an advisor to her father - tweeted Chicago had "experienced its deadliest weekend of the year" after seven people were killed and 52 wounded "near a playground".

"Little national outrage or media coverage," she wrote.

"We mustn’t become numb to the violence faced by inner-city communities every day."

Later that day, however, Mayor Lori Lightfoot told a press conference that there were some significant errors with the comments. 

"It wasn't a playground, it was a park," she said, adding that the number of people killed and injured was not the result of a single shooting but a spate of unrelated incidents.

"It's misleading ... It's important when we're talking about people's lives to actually get the facts correct, which one can easily do if you actually cared about getting it right."

Ms Lightfoot said it was dangerous for someone with a large social media following to get "fundamental facts wrong".

A White House official reportedly told CNN Ms Trump's point still stands, despite the inaccuracies.

"Her point remains the same: We cannot ignore the gun violence that happens in cities across this country on a daily basis," the official said in a statement.

Ms Lightfoot told reporters she had contacted Ms Trump to ask why they had not been consulted before the tweets, but said she was yet to receive a response.

The US has suffered a spike in gun violence in recent days, with 31 people killed in two mass shootings alone over the weekend.

In El Paso, Texas, 22 people were killed on Saturday when a gunman opened fire at a Walmart. Later that day, a shooting in Dayton, Ohio, left another nine dead.

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