ALBANY — A fuming Gov. Cuomo painted President Trump as a “maniacal” “tabloid cartoon” who better watch his back if returns to the Big Apple after the commander-in-chief threatened to cut off federal funds to his hometown over rising crime.
The governor unleashed a lengthy tirade against Trump Wednesday evening, accusing the president of having a grudge against the city because New York “knows him for the joke he is.”
“We’re talking about the worst president for New York City in history,” Cuomo said during an evening call with reporters. “Those who know him best, like him least. That’s true of New York City, that’s true of his own family.”
Cuomo called the president “persona non grata” in NYC and said Trump’s recent change of address to Florida was due to his no longer being welcome in Manhattan.
“Forget bodyguards, he better have an army if he wants to walk down the streets in New York City,” the governor said. “He couldn’t set foot in New York City.”
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The scathing call came after Trump signed a memo ordering federal agencies to send reports to the White House budget office detailing funds allotted to cities that have rioting.
“My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones,” the memo reads. “(I)t is imperative that the Federal Government review the use of Federal funds by jurisdictions that permit anarchy, violence, and destruction in America’s cities.”
The memo specifically mentions the recent rise in shootings in the city and calls out other metropolises such as Portland and D.C. that have experienced prolonged protests against police brutality and racism.
The memo also directs federal agencies to consider whether cities cut funding for police or restricted local law enforcement from attempting to “restore order,” according to the document.
New York City’s recently passed budget redirected $1 billion in funding away from the NYPD.
The Department of Justice is tasked with develop a list of “anarchist jurisdictions” in two weeks and federal agencies are expected to review funds provided to those cities and restrict their eligibility for federal funds “where permissible,” the memo reads.
Cuomo budget director Rob Mujica said the city could stand to lose a whopping $7 billion in education, child care, Medicaid funds, calling the figure a “significant portion of the city’s overall budget.”
The president has described himself as the “law and order” candidate in recent months, making quelling unrest that has exploded across the country under his own watch a cornerstone of his reelection campaign.
Cuomo, calling Trump a “tabloid cartoon,” said he doesn’t believe anything will come of the memo, brushing it off as nothing more than a political statement and campaign tactic.
“He thinks he’ s a king. He’s not,” the governor said. “There’s a Constitution and law, not that he knows anything about that. He’s not going to do anything because there are laws. I don’t believe anything will come of this it’s just a political statement.
“It’s cheap, it’s political and it’s gratuitous,” he added.
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