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Mayor de Blasio prepared to take legal action if Trump sends officers to NYC; says threat is likely not serious

Posted at 11:52 AM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 23:03:12-04

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s threat to send federal law enforcers to patrol New York City is likely not serious, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The mayor was asked Tuesday about the president’s suggestion to have troops sent to the city amid ongoing protests and an uptick in shooting incidents.

De Blasio called Trump’s threat a bluff, adding he has said he would do things, which have never materialized. “They are so often not true.”

However, if Trump did follow through, the city would take legal action, de Blasio said.

“This would be yet another example of illegal and unconstitutional actions by the president.”

Authorities in Oregon filed a lawsuit after Trump sent federal officers to Portland, which the NYC mayor called a “travesty.”

Trump said Monday he would send officers to other cities including New York as well.

If Trump did send federal officers to New York, the city would immediately take legal action to stop it, and “we’d beat him in court,” de Blasio said.

In the chance Trump would beat the city, however, the mayor said it would likely make “limited impact” in terms of safety, but rather, cause more confusion among New Yorkers.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea also said Tuesday the agency does not need help from federal authorities to combat a recent uptick in shootings.

“I think we have the resources, I do. We have a lot of obstacles right now. If people want to get the courts open in New York City, that would help. That would help me immeasurably,” Shea said when asked if Trump sending federal authorities would help. “But in terms of resources, we have the resources.”

Contributing reporting by PIX11's Lauren Cook and Aliza Chasan.