World Eric Trump Offers Bill de Blasio an Olive Branch, but NYC Mayor Says No More Business
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Refers to Andrew Cuomo as a Bully When Asked About Nursing Home Scandal
The mayor says in interview that "a lot of people" in New York state have received angry phone calls from the governor.Cuomo's "bullying" is "nothing new," de Blasio said to anchor Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday morning. Brzezinski asked de Blasio to corroborate a reported phone call in which Cuomo called state Assemblyman Ron Kim of Queens and yelled at him about a comment Kim made to the New York Post regarding a recent revelation his administration concealed data on COVID-19-related deaths in nursing homes.
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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"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.
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.
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.
Republicans Back Trump Because of the Insurrection, Not Despite It
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.
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."
The new Biden-backed immigration bill, explained
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.
"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.
Republican Lawmakers Make Florida Trek to Win Over Trump's Support Ahead of 2022 .
Republican lawmakers have been making the trip to Florida to try to keep former President Donald Trump close after his unsuccessful reelection bid.U.S. House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and U.S. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise have made the trip, and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham is scheduled to head to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort this weekend. All three were key Trump allies during his administration, and those close to them have described the meetings as mostly informal plotting ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, where Trump could play a crucial role in whether Republicans are able to reclaim control of the U.S.