Cities targeted by President Trump unite in response

SEATTLE  – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan joined New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to respond to respond to President Donald Trump’s threats to revoke federal funding from cities. The mayor also released her own statement in response: “Seattle and cities across America have faced unprecedented challenges with a global pandemic, an economic crisis, and a civil rights reckoning. We have lost a record number of American lives, jobs and businesses.

“At every turn we badly needed leadership from the president. Yet we have the opposite. No protection for our health care workers, first responders, our small businesses, or our local governments who have been on the frontlines of these crises.

“For four years, he has raged at cities and threatened them. Consistently courts have had to reign him in, to tell him he did not have the powers of a despot and is not above the law. Now his bluster continues by threatening to deny federal funding (including COVID-19 funding) for millions of Americans.

“The president’s actions continually harm cities and the millions of residents who live in our nation’s cities. At a time when our nation desperately needs healing, a cure to the virus, and a federal government to lead us through this crisis, the president invents yet another way to divide.

“President Trump cannot defund Seattle – it is unlawful. Surely the attorney general has advised the president of the United States that he does not have the power to decide who gets funding based on his political interests.

“This is the latest attempt to distract from the fact that COVID-19 has infected over 6 million Americans, killed 185,000 people, and destroyed the American economy. The only anarchy zone in America, where the rule of law is disregarded, is at the White House.

“America’s cities will not be distracted by his actions. We will continue to work to bridge divides, rebuild our economy, address gun violence and systemic racism, and make our cities more just and equitable.”

Courtesy of the office of Mayor Jenny Durkan

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