See ya in court.
That was Mayor Bill de Blasio’s response on Thursday to President Trump ordering the federal government to find ways to deny federal aid to New York City for defunding the police department.
The mayor began his daily press briefing by taking shots at the president, who on Wednesday signed a memo to look into how to pull federal funding for the Big Apple, Washington, DC, Seattle and Portland — cities that he says have descended into “lawless zones.”
“If you persist in trying to deny the funding that’s keeping New York City going in the middle of this crisis, we will see you in court,” de Blasio said, “and once again, we will beat you in court.”
Hizzoner was referring to a ruling by an appeals court in April that blocked the Trump administration from holding up millions of dollars from so-called “sanctuary” cities, including New York City.
“By the way, your words don’t carry much weight on this topic because the Supreme Court has spoken,” de Blasio said. “The president of the United States can’t interfere with funding for cities and states just because he feels like it. We have laws in this country.”
He railed against the president, claiming he failed New York and Americans in handling the coronavirus pandemic.
“You failed us and now you want to punish us? It makes no sense,” de Blasio said.
Later in the press conference, he called the threat “clearly a campaign stunt.”
“I think this is another one of his blusters that will go nowhere,” he said.
At an unrelated press conference, NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said he was “concerned” about Trump’s order — then took a jab at de Blasio for supporting police reform.
“I can just say that anyone who wants to cut funding to the NYPD puts the people of New York City at risk,” Monahan said Thursday. “We’ve seen it this summer with less cops on the street, that violence has gone up. So anyone that would take money away can hurt the city of New York.”
Meanwhile, New York Attorney General Letitia James accused Trump of worsening an already harrowing situation amid the coronavirus pandemic and movement on racial inequality.
“This is nothing more than a desperate, last ditch election strategy by a president too weak to lead us through these national crises,” James said in a statement. “Sowing anger and dividing Americans are the last thing we need, and if the president actually decides to move forward with his threat to defund New York City, we will be ready to take immediate legal action.”
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