New York Mayor de Blasio Calls Trump Hypocrite, Putting Politics First

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New York mayor Bill de Blasio called President Donald Trump hypocritical on Tuesday after the president said he was unwilling to bail out states, particularly those led by Democrats, that were deprived of liquidity by the coronavirus.

In an interview with the New York Post, Trump said he supports the position of the Senate majority, Mitch McConnell, that he will not provide federal aid to blue state governments, saying that Congress doesn’t was not inclined to make bailouts.

De Blasio criticized Trump’s comments, saying he was ready to provide nearly $ 58 billion to bail out the airline industry, but not to the states to fund necessary public services like police and health care .

“He says he is not inclined to bailout. He is a pure hypocrite given how much money he has already put in the hands of corporations and the wealthy, “de Blasio said at a press conference. “This means that he is not inclined to help firefighters, paramedics, paramedics, police, doctors, nurses, health workers, teachers, sanitation workers. “

A screenshot of Mayor Bill de Blasio holding a copy of the New York Post at a coronavirus press conference.

He said residents depend on the federal government to bring the city, state and other local governments together.

Trump told the New York Post that any potential bailout would be unfair to Republican-led states because states that need financial aid are “democratically led in any case.” Florida is doing phenomenal things, Texas is doing phenomenal things, the Midwest is, you know, fantastic – very little debt. Texas and Florida both have Republican governors.

De Blasio, however, rejected Trump’s comments and referred to a letter sent to Texas Governor Greg Abbott and signed by 111 state mayors asking all cities in Texas for the same access to federal disaster relief funds. coronavirus, regardless of their size. He also referred to reports of the rapid spread of the coronavirus at midwestern meat packing facilities.

“I don’t know what country he lives in, but here in the United States people are suffering,” said de Blasio. “It doesn’t matter what state they are in, no matter if it’s red or blue. “

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo previously criticized McConnell’s support for letting states declare bankruptcy, calling it “one of the dumbest ideas ever.” The state is facing a shortfall of $ 13.3 billion from its original forecast, a 14% drop from the projected decline in state tax revenue.

The state currently forecasts a total loss of $ 61 billion in revenue between the 2021 and 2024 fiscal years, Cuomo said. De Blasio predicted that Covid-19 would cost New York City $ 7.4 billion in lost tax revenue this fiscal year and next fiscal year after the city has closed and ordered people to stay behind. inside to try to contain the epidemic.

“There will be no national recovery without the city of New York and the state and cities of New York and the states of the country that have been so badly affected,” said de Blasio.

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