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NYC Mayor de Blasio says Trump is putting politics first in coronavirus response: 'He's a pure hypocrite'

Key Points
  • New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called President Trump a hypocrite after the president said he's not inclined to bail out states, especially those run by Democrats, that have been left cash-strapped by the coronavirus. 
  • De Blasio said Trump 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 said residents are depending on the federal government to make state and local governments whole. 
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio calls President Trump a 'pure hypocrite'

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called President Donald Trump a hypocrite on Tuesday for saying he's not inclined to bail out states, especially those run by Democrats, that have been left cash-strapped by the coronavirus. 

In a New York Post interview published Tuesday, 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 criticized Trump's comments, saying that the president 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 firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, police officers, doctors, nurses, health-care workers, teachers, sanitation workers."

A screen grab of Mayor Bill de Blasio holding a copy of the New York Post during a coronavirus press conference.

He said residents are depending on the federal government to make state and local governments whole. 

Trump told the Post that any potential bailout would be unfair to Republican-led states because the states that need financial help are "run by Democrats in every case. Florida is doing phenomenal, Texas is doing phenomenal, the Midwest is, you know, fantastic — very little debt." Texas and Florida have Republican governors. 

De Blasio rejected Trump's comments, and referred to a letter sent to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and signed by 111 of the state's mayors requesting all Texas cities get the same access to federal coronavirus relief funds, regardless of size. He also referenced reports of the coronavirus' rapid spread through the Midwest's meatpacking facilities. 

"I don't know what country he's living in, but here in the United States of America people are hurting," de Blasio said of Trump. "It doesn't matter what state they're in, it doesn't matter if it's red or blue." 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo previously criticized McConnell's support for letting states declare bankruptcy, calling it "one of the really dumb ideas of all time." The state is grappling with a $13.3 billion shortfall in revenue compared with its original forecast, a 14% decline in the state's projected drop in tax receipts.

New York state is forecasting $61 billion in total lost revenue between fiscal years 2021 and 2024, Cuomo said. De Blasio has projected that Covid-19 will cost his city $7.4 billion in lost tax revenue over the current and next fiscal year after the city shuttered businesses and ordered people to stay indoor to try to contain the outbreak. 

"There's not going to be a national recovery without New York City and New York state and cities and states all around the country that have been hit so hard," de Blasio said.