De Blasio: Trump 'will not be welcome back in New York City'

Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioProtesters splash red paint on NYC streets to symbolize blood De Blasio: Robert E Lee’s ‘name should be taken off everything in America, period’ House Democratic whip pushes back on calls to defund police: We need to focus on reform MORE (D) said Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE will not be “welcome back in New York City” after his presidency ends.

The mayor, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, told BuzzFeed that he would debate Trump any time after the president criticized de Blasio on Twitter over videos showing several police officers getting doused with buckets of water.

“[Trump] doesn’t understand New York City,” de Blasio said Thursday night. “And when his presidency is over, really soon, he will not be welcome back in New York City.”

“I challenge you, Donald Trump, to come to New York City, and I will debate you about what’s right for New York City,” the mayor said.

Trump blasted the New York mayor in a pair of tweets Thursday, accusing de Blasio of not supporting law enforcement in the city, urging him to “act immediately” and calling the water attacks a “total disgrace.”


“What took place in NYC with water being tossed on NYPD officers was a total disgrace. It is time for @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio to STAND UP for those who protect our lives and serve us all so well,” he tweeted.

“What took place was completely unacceptable, and will not be tolerated. Bill de Blasio should act immediately!” he added.

De Blasio responded in his own tweet, mocking the allegations of criminal conduct by the president and touting his own city’s crime statistics.

“Crime’s gone down year after year in New York City and it’s not just because you finally left town,” de Blasio wrote.

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