Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City said on Monday that the city would no longer agree to deals with controversial Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“My impression is that unless there has been some breaking of a contract or something that gives us a legal opportunity to act, I'm not sure we have a specific course of action,” de Blasio said in a press conference. “But we're certainly not looking to do any business with him going forward.”
Trump has sparked controversy for his comments on Mexican immigrants in recent weeks, as well as his criticism of Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who was a prisoner of war.
New York City has reportedly been analyzing whether or not it an get out of current contracts with Trump, and Democratic Councilman Mark Levine of New York City launched a petition calling on the city to sever ties with the billionaire developer.
“Our parks are for everyone,” Levine said. “Trump's continued ownership of parks concessions runs directly contrary to that spirit."
In the press conference, de Blasio addressed Trump’s comments on McCain, in which he denounced the idea that the Senator was a hero for being a prisoner of war.
“What Mr. Trump said about Senator McCain was unacceptable," de Blasio said. “Senator McCain is a war hero by any measure, and [Trump] really should apologize for that. And I've said repeatedly, Donald Trump doesn't represent the views of the people of this city -- certainly not of the majority.
“But this is an issue for folks in the other party to work through. I just think what he said in the last few days was reprehensible."
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