De Blasio blasts Trump for telling The Post bailouts unlikely for states

Mayor Bill de Blasio, holding up a Tuesday copy of The Post featuring President Trump on the front-page, ripped the commander-in-chief for saying in an exclusive interview that states such as New York should not rely on federal bailouts over the coronavirus pandemic.

“We only ask that people in Washington show a little respect for the people of New York City, who’ve borne the brunt of this crisis, who have been living in the epicenter of a national dilemma,” a furious de Blasio said at the top of his daily press briefing Tuesday, adding, “anyone with a heart and soul would show respect and appreciation for the people of New York City.”

The mayor continued:  “The President of the United States, a former New Yorker who seems to enjoy stabbing his hometown in the back, talking about no bailout for New York.”

“What kind of human being sees the suffering here and decides the people in New York City don’t deserve help? What kind of person does that?” said de Blasio who continued, “President Trump wasn’t there for us…Now he’s talking about not helping.”

Hizzoner was referring to part of the exclusive, wide-ranging Oval Office interview that Trump gave to The Post Monday in which the president said states left cash-strapped by the coronavirus crisis shouldn’t count on federal bailouts — especially states run by Democrats.

“I think Congress is inclined to do a lot of things but I don’t think they’re inclined to do bailouts. A bailout is different than, you know, reimbursing for the plague,” said Trump.

Trump said that bailouts for “blue state” governments are “not fair to the Republicans because all the states that need help — they’re run by Democrats in every case.”

De Blasio called the president “a pure hypocrite given how much money he’s put in the hands of the corporations already” and said Trump “is putting partisanship ahead of the needs of the nation.”

“He says in this interview he’s not inclined to do bailouts. He gave a $58 billion bailout to the airline industry, a few years ago he gave a $1.5 trillion bailout to corporations and the wealthy to big corporations and the wealthy – so who is he kidding?”de Blasio said, explaining that no bailout for New York means the president is “not inclined to help” the city’s EMTs, firefighters, police, and healthcare workers.

During his tirade, the mayor also compared Trump to President Herbert Hoover.

“Every day, President Trump resembles more and more Herbert Hoover, the president who ignored the Great Depression,” de Blasio said. “President Trump wasn’t there for us when we needed the testing to stop this horrible disease and now he’s talking about not helping us in our hour of need.”

Speaking directly to Trump, de Blasio said: “You have a chance to atone for what you said here. Remember your hometown.”

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