New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio criticized President Trump for “turning his back” on the country’s largest city because of partisan affiliation. According to de Blasio, the city has lost $7.4 billion, and there is no guarantee of financial help from the federal government.
“It’s astounding that [Trump] even introduces the question of red states and blue states. He’s saying it out loud. He’s politicizing a pandemic. Not being patriotic, not talking about all Americans and how to bring us back together,” de Blasio said in an interview with CNN’s John Berman.
De Blasio called for a fourth federal stimulus package to provide funding to cities and states.
“What we need is a stimulus that puts us all back on our feet so we can succeed together,” de Blasio said. “… If there is not a strong fourth stimulus for cities and state, there will not be a national economic recovery, period.”
If he doesn’t get it, the mayor said he could be forced to furlough or lay off people who have been at the heart of the coronavirus pandemic recovery — first responders, police, firefighters and teachers.
“I’ve lost $7.4 billion already and my economy can’t come back until I get that stimulus and get back to normal and provide the basic services. It’s a Catch-22. No stimulus, no recovery,” de Blasio said.
If the President announced that the country needs a fourth stimulus to help fund cities and states, de Blasio said, the Senate would fall in line and work on it immediately.
While de Blasio also said he wants to see New York City kids back in school in September, the city is is no place yet to let up on social distancing guidelines yet.
“We’re still not there yet to even begin to loosen up the restrictions,” he said.
De Blasio warned the rest of the country to continue to be vigilant.
“Right now, what I fear is there’s a rush to reopen — in some places at least — that’s going to end up with people losing their lives who didn’t have to lose their lives,” he said.