NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio met with President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday to let him know many residents of New York — the “ultimate city of immigrants” — are fearful of his administration.
The democratic mayor discussed the meeting during a press conference in front of Trump Tower Wednesday afternoon, saying it was respectful and candid.
“We have very, very substantial differences,” de Blasio said, but “people with very real differences can have a dialogue.”
On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly promised to deport undocumented immigrants and reinstate stop-and-frisk if elected.
Since Trump won the presidency one week ago, de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have pledged to fight the incoming administration on both matters.
“They can threaten to take away money, but they cannot tell us how to police our streets. We are not going back to a broken policy of stop-and-frisk. That will never happen on my watch,” de Blasio said on Hot 97 radio on Monday.
The mayor echoed these sentiments Wednesday, saying that during his meeting with the future president he highlighted the importance of inclusion and community relations when deciding policy.
“I gave him the perspective of the NYPD – that any initiative that would create a rift between our police all over the country and the communities they serve, it would make it impossible for police and community to communicate,” de Blasio said. “That would sew distrust between law enforcement and neighborhoods would be counterproductive.”
Trump “is a New Yorker,” de Blasio said, adding, “I do think he loves this city.”
Part of demonstrating that to his hometown — which overwhelmingly voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton — is sending a “sign of unity.”
Trump has threatened withhold federal funding to sanctuary cities, such as New York, which gets more than $200 million in federal anti-terrorism funding.
The mayor has previously said New York will remain a sanctuary city, and not back down to threats.
Prior to speaking with reporters Wednesday, de Blasio tweeted reiterated this way of thinking regarding stop-and-frisk:
I want all NYC residents to know: federal gov’t can’t tell us how to police our streets. We are not going back to overuse of stop-and-frisk.