Earlier on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump, during an interview with The New York Post, said he rejects granting federal bailouts to states that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, including New York, because “they are run by Democrats”, arguing, “It’s not fair to the Republicans”.
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio criticized on Tuesday US President Donald Trump’s comments on rejecting the idea of granting bailouts to states hit by the coronavirus crisis, including New York – the worst COVID-19 hotspot in the country.
In a Tuesday coronavirus briefing, the mayor called Trump a “hypocrite” that “seems to enjoy stabbing his hometown in the back”.
De Blasio stated that Trump is “playing politics while people are suffering” and is putting his own personal interests and those of the Republican Party ahead of American people’s needs for help amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The New York City mayor said that federal aid is essential to help the city in the post-pandemic rebuilding process.
Earlier in the day, Trump told The New York Post that his administration does not support sending coronavirus federal funding to “all the states” that are “run by Democrats”.
Trump argued that Texas and states of the Midwest are “doing phenomenal” and “fantastic” as they have only “very little debt” during the coronavirus outbreak, unlike states run by Democrats such as Illinois, New York and California.
Democrats have repeatedly criticized the Trump administration for being slow to respond and unable to meet medical and testing needs.
On 20 April, De Blasio condemned Trump for remaining “silent” regarding the budget crisis New York City faces, adding that without adequate federal assistance the city will not be able to recover and provide public services. The city is expected to lose $7.4 billion in tax revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of Tuesday, New York City has registered 326,606 COVID-19-related infection cases, including 25,028 deaths, according to The New York Post.
The overall number of people infected with the virus in the United States is almost 1.2 million, representing nearly a third of the global total. At least 70,272 people have died from the disease.