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WATCH: New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio Details Meeting With President-Elect Donald Trump

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio met with President-Elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower today, and afterwards, De Blasio told reporters that the meeting was respectful and substantive even if they still have substantial differences.

De Blasio said in a press conference that his job was to make clear to Donald Trump the fears of the people of New York City, saying it was important for the president-elect to hear what people are feeling and what the city’s experience has been like this past week. The mayor then detailed several specific points that he and Trump talked about, although he would not characterize how Trump responded.

First, De Blasio said that he talked to Trump about the importance of regulating Wall Street, specifically touching upon the dangers of repealing the Dodd-Frank Act.

Secondly, De Blasio said that he advised President-Elect Donald Trump not to pursue tax cuts for the wealthy and for corporations, as De Blasio said this would make it much more difficult to make investments in infrastructure.

Next, De Blasio said that he expressed concerns about Trump’s promise to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, saying that it is counterproductive to sow distrust between law enforcement and neighborhoods. He also said that New York City was built by generations of immigrants and that regardless of what Trump does, he will personally make sure that families are not torn apart.

De Blasio says he also talked to Trump about stop and frisk, a policy that Trump has supported; De Blasio said he told Trump that since New York City changed the policy, the city has gotten safer.

In terms of Trump’s position on the Muslim community, De Blasio said that he told Trump that there are over 900 Muslims in the New York Police Department protecting people every day and that Trump needs to show that Muslims are welcome in this country.

Finally, De Blasio said that he expressed to Trump the effect of what he characterized as the president-elect’s hurtful rhetoric, telling Trump that he must do more if he wants to country to heal.

De Blasio said that the ball is now in Trump’s court but that they both left the meeting open to continuing the dialogue in the future.

 

 

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5 comments

  1. De balsio just keep quiet and do your own business. Nothing has not started yet ,they are under going transition to be ready for job. So keep your lecturing of the President-elect for some quite time in the future. Now , give them a break !. If you have more better plan for the country, you should have run and win for the office .

    • People are concerned about violent protesters attacking white Americans.

      People are concerned about protesters damaging private property state property and federal property.

      People are concerned for their safety as government officials give a stand down order to police officers to these violent protesters that threaten our democracy and American citizens.

      People are concerned that government officials approve of these violent racial attacks against white Americans.

      People are concerned of government officials promoting civil unrest with the language they use and the lack of action against these violent protesters creating civil unrest.

      People are concerned that government officials are Fanning the Flames of racism.

  2. Can deblasio turn over the 800k of illegal so that the location of criminal aliens can be known? Instead of doing a Hillary and deleting it? Can the Mayor confirm to current immigration laws? Sounds like the mayor is not being very helpful. Hopefully he gives President Trump the same respect and cooperation as he did President elect Obama. Sounds like he is puffing himself up jockeying for a position in a New Democratic party.