President Trump is going all-in on his “law and order” platform as the US races towards election day.
As part of his crackdown on the violence plaguing many major American cities, Trump just signed an order that drops the hammer on large cities that have allowed — and even tacitly encouraged — riots to run rampant.
After months of allowing leaders like NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to allow rioting to consume their cities, President Trump is taking action to put an end to the violence by exerting financial pressure on these states and cities.
The New York Post reported on Wednesday that Trump signed a five-page memo that orders federal agencies to sent reports to the White House Office of Management and Budget identifying federal funds that can be redirected away from these cities.
According to reports, New York City, Washington, DC, Seattle and Portland are the primary cities targeted by the order. De Blasio especially appears to have drawn Trump’s ire, as he is mentioned by name in the memo multiple times.
“My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones,” Trump declares in the memo.
“To ensure that Federal funds are neither unduly wasted nor spent in a manner that directly violates our Government’s promise to protect life, liberty, and property, it is imperative that the Federal Government review the use of Federal funds by jurisdictions that permit anarchy, violence, and destruction in America’s cities,” Trump continued.
The memo directs the Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought to assist federal agencies in “restricting the eligibility of or otherwise disfavoring” of ” anarchist jurisdictions” in receiving federal grants.
Many of these jurisdictions targeted by Trump have openly and repeatedly repudiated his offers to send federal law enforcement agents to help quash the violence that has caused millions of dollars of damages and taken dozens of lives since June.
Trump’s threats to defund these cities as a result of leaders’ refusal to allow law enforcement officers to do their jobs has infuriated Democrats, with Mayor Bill de Blasio calling Trump’s decision “blatantly unconstitutional … The president doesn’t have the right to subvert what the Congress already decided in terms of a budget.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo lashed out at President Trump in an emergency press conference on Wednesday after Trump announced the funding review, appearing to threaten Trump’s safety if he ever attempts to enter the city.
“He better have an army if he thinks he’s gonna walk down the street in New York,” Cuomo ominously declared. “He can’t have enough bodyguards to walk through New York City. People don’t want to have anything to do with him.”