World Eric Trump Offers Bill de Blasio an Olive Branch, but NYC Mayor Says No More Business
A Trump criminal probe in Georgia expands to include Sen. Lindsey Graham
A Georgia district attorney is investigating whether Graham violated state law in a call with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.The investigation, which was opened by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis earlier this month, will probe whether Trump — and now Graham — violated state law in the course of Trump’s attempt to overturn the election results in Georgia following the 2020 presidential election.
Having long been a critic,exhibited uncharacteristic appreciation of New York City Mayor for keeping open two ice skating rinks operated by the .
But the city is refusing to relent on itswith 's businesses in the wake of the U.S. Capitol riot the former president is accused of inciting, an allegation he denies.
Last month, de Blasio announced NYC would be terminating three contracts with the Trump Organization following the U.S. Capitol attack on January 6. The decision affects the Central Park Carousel, Wollman and Lasker skating rinks, and Ferry Point Golf Course—all of which are operated by Trump's business empire.
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Susan Collins of Maine said Trump created a "dangerous situation" and put his "selfish interest" over the interests of the country. "That attack was not a spontaneous outbreak of violence. Rather, it was the culmination of a steady stream of provocations by President Trump that was aimed at overturning the results of the presidential election," said Collins.Collins added that Trump worked to undermine the election results and rile up his followers to "fight" against the reality of President Joe Biden's victory.
"The President incited a rebellion against the United States government that killed five people and threatened to derail the constitutional transfer of power," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement last month, adding the city "will not be associated with those unforgivable acts in any shape, way or form."
After the planned closure of the Central Park ice rinks were met with local criticism, de Blasio's press secretary Bill Neidhardt said the rinks will remain open for the rest of the season, but reiterated the city "will not be doing business with the Trump Organization going forward," The Associated Press reported.
"Inciting an insurrection will never be forgotten or forgiven," Neidhardt said.
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The former president’s ruthlessness remains central to his appeal.How can it be that Democrats and Republicans see the former president in such divergent ways? One common answer is that, thanks to information bubbles, they’re looking at different sets of facts; conservative outlets buried the impeachment hearings compared with other outlets’ coverage. Democrats and independents are still outraged, while Republicans have forgiven and forgotten.
Eric Trump, the former president's son and executive president of the Trump Organization, reacted to the news with heartfelt gratitude towards the mayor, a vocal critic of his father.
"Mr. Mayor - Thank You for keeping Wollman and Lasker Rinks open — you've just made countless NYC families (along w our 250 employees) incredibly happy," Trump tweeted on Sunday. "This is a bright moment for New York and please know we appreciate it. I look forward to saying 'thanks' in person."
Newsweek has contacted de Blasio's office for comment.
The decision was also positively received by community members who protested the rinks' shuttering. Local non-profit organization Ice Hockey in Harlem praised the move to reopen its "home" Lasker Rink as an "incredible turn of events."
High schooler Serena Sabet, who garnered more than 6,000 signatures on an online petition to keep the rinks open, said there was "not a dry eye at the rink" when the decision was announced.
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Democrats are pushing a comprehensive approach to immigration reform — for now.If passed, the long-anticipated bill, known as the US Citizenship Act of 2021, would mark the most sweeping reform of the US immigration system since 1986 — and would be a rebuke of former President Donald Trump’s nativist agenda.
According to the AP., Erik Trump had previously complained the rinks' closure to be "purely a political stunt that only hurts New Yorkers."
"Instead of focusing on a dying city which everyone is leaving because of rising crime, high taxes, closed businesses and totally incompetent leadership, the Mayor is painting signs in front of Trump Tower and trying to destroy the only outdoor activity available to children during a pandemic," Trump said in a statement.
Trump did not appear fond of de Blasio in the past, having especially criticized the Democrat mayor over perceived bias against law enforcement. In July 2019, Trump called de Blasio a "disgrace to NYC" detested by "virtually everyone in the."
In a 2020 appearance on, Trump called de Blasio "anti-cop" and claimed his policies have made New York "more dangerous."
"He has been so anti-law enforcement, and it shows," Trump said. "He allows them to get beat up and he allows them to get assaulted and he takes away their rights."
In May 2019, after de Blasio held a press conference in the Trump Tower lobby urging the Trump Organization to cut greenhouse emissions, Trump called the event "childish."
Democrat Maya Wiley, Candidate for NY Mayor, Hits Out at Cuomo Over Nursing Homes
"The Governor has had ten years to work on the issues he tried to call New York City out on today and nothing gets solved by finger-pointing at press conferences," Democratic New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley said while criticizing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday."New York City is the greatest city in the world but our people are struggling and need help - not insults hurled our way in front of a national audience," Wiley said in a statement obtained by Newsweek. "The Governor has had ten years to work on the issues he tried to call New York City out on today and nothing gets solved by finger-pointing at press conferences. New Yorkers just deserve better than this.
"The fact that the Mayor of a major city would attack an iconic organization (which employs thousands of hardworking New York taxpayers) for his own political gain is an abuse of power, unethical and simply counterintuitive," Trump tweeted.
Congress is writing up Biden’s stimulus plan. Here’s what’s in it. .
Stimulus checks and UI, but not a $15 minimum wage: the state of the House’s stimulus bill so far.The House of Representatives has drafted and passed its version of the budget reconciliation package, which includes $1,400 stimulus checks for those making up to $75,000 and $400 expanded weekly unemployment insurance benefits through August 29. It also contains a restaurant rescue fund, money for reopening schools, and Democrats’ long-sought-after funding for state and local governments, among other items. House Democrats included a $15 minimum wage provision in their version of the bill, but that’s a non-starter in the Senate.