New York Mayor de Blasio slammed for Trump-protesting Germany trip just after officer’s death – Washington Post
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) flew to Germany this week to participate in an anti-Trump protest, drawing criticism for leaving after a Bronx police officer was killed.
De Blasio will be the keynote speaker at a Saturday rally promoting social equality and climate protection, among others. The event coincides with a summit attended by President Trump and other world leaders in Hamburg. De Blasio’s office announced his departure in a brief news release sent just hours before the mayor’s Thursday evening flight.
The trip immediately raised questions from political opponents and from the city’s police union, which has had a strained relationship with de Blasio.
“You’ve chosen to leave while the city is mourning. I just don’t understand what he’s thinking,” Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, told The Washington Post.
De Blasio left the day after Officer Miosotis Familia was fatally shot while sitting in a police vehicle in the Bronx early Wednesday morning.
Mullins questioned the purpose of the trip, saying de Blasio’s job is in New York City, not abroad.
“It’s not because he’s playing an intricate role in solving world politics and world peace and all these issues. As mayor of New York, you really have no role in global politics,” Mullins said. “Where you do have a role is in the city of New York, and in the city of New York right now, a police officer is assassinated.”
He added: “From a common sense standpoint, why are you not in Germany? Why am I not in Germany? Because we don’t have business in Germany. The question is what is the business of the mayor in Germany? To discuss what?”
De Blasio also skipped the swearing-in ceremony of 524 new police recruits, which de Blasio’s political opponent, Republican state lawmaker Nicole Malliotakis, immediately slammed.
Malliotakis, who’s running to be New York City’s mayor, went further by sharing a Photoshopped picture showing de Blasio holding a plate of sausages.
“While #NYC’s subways crumble, sex crimes increase double digits, litter on streets pile up & the number of homeless soars … #G-20,” she wrote.
I’m retweeting this to keep #NYC residents informed since our mayor is in Germany where it is 4:57a.m. https://t.co/qV1nXSGHHM
— Nicole Malliotakis (@NMalliotakis) July 7, 2017
The New York Post delivered a stern message on its front page Friday: ” … DON’T COME BACK!”
Donald Trump Jr. also weighed in:
NYC mayor goes to G20 to protest against capitalism while the City’s education, infrastructure etc rots under his “progressive” stewardship! https://t.co/B2W1q8qh0c
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 6, 2017
De Blasio’s press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but spokesman Eric Phillips said on Twitter that de Blasio made the decision as soon as he was sure the trip would not prevent him from attending Familia’s funeral Tuesday. De Blasio returns Sunday.
De Blasio also addressed criticisms at his regular radio appearance on WNYC on Friday.
“All the issues that need to be attended to I’m attending to every day regardless of where I am,” de Blasio said, speaking from Hamburg’s city hall.
De Blasio told WNYC that local and state officials in Hamburg invited him about 10 or 12 days ago to talk about issues such as climate change and immigration.