New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks after the USNS Comfort pulled into a berth in Manhattan during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the Manhattan borough of New York City.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called President Donald Trump a hypocrite on Tuesday after the president said he’s not inclined to bailout states, especially those run by Democrats, that have been left cash-strapped by the coronavirus.
In an interview with the New York Post, Trump said he supported Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s stance that he wouldn’t provide federal aid to blue state governments, saying that Congress is not inclined to do bailouts.
De Blasio called Trump a hypocrite and criticized his comments, saying that he was willing to provide nearly $58 billion to bail out the airline industry but not to states to fund necessary public services like police and health care.
“He says he’s not inclined to do bailouts. He’s a pure hypocrite given how much money he’s put in the hands of the corporations and the wealthy already,” de Blasio said at a press conference. “That means he’s not inclined to help fire fighters, EMTs, paramedics, police officers, doctors, nurses, health-care workers, teachers, sanitation workers.”
He said residents are depending on the federal government to make the city, state and other local governments whole.
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