De Blasio Tells Trump Concerns About Immigrants, Police Tactics

  • De Blasio, a Clinton supporter, describes meeting as ‘candid’
  • Mayor says they spoke about Wall Street regulation, tax cuts

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio arrives to meet with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Nov. 16, 2016.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he raised concerns with President-elect Donald Trump about the regulation of Wall Street and his proposals to cut taxes on the wealthy and deport illegal immigrants.

The Democratic mayor, after emerging from a 62-minute meeting at Trump Tower with the Republican billionaire, said he also spoke about Trump’s call for greater use of stop-and-frisk police tactics. De Blasio also told the president-elect he doesn’t support his decision to give former Breitbart News chief Steve Bannon a senior job in the White House.

“I made my views clear about him,” de Blasio told reporters Wednesday. “It was a candid dialogue and a substantive dialogue."

“I raised my concerns about any repeal” of the Dodd-Frank financial oversight measures or any tax cuts for the wealthy or on corporations, de Blasio said.

The meeting came after a campaign in which Trump in July described de Blasio as “a maniac” and the “worst mayor in the history of New York City.”

The mayor repeatedly accused Trump of “the worst kind of racism” for his proposals to build a wall on the Mexican border, deport undocumented immigrants, shut off federal funding to “sanctuary cities” like New York and obstruct Muslim immigration.

“I tried to express to him how much fear there is all across this city,” the mayor said Wednesday.

In September, Trump called for urban police departments throughout the U.S. to increase the use of stop-and-frisk street encounters to fight crime. De Blasio ran for mayor in 2013 as a critic of the practice.
 
Days after Trump’s election, de Blasio said he “was prepared to work with President-elect Trump for the good of the people of New York City" and that he would keep an open mind. On Monday, de Blasio said he supported the demonstrators who have been protesting Trump’s election almost daily throughout Manhattan, particularly in front of Trump Tower. 
 
De Blasio said he and Trump broke the ice with a phone call Tuesday. “I told him sending a message of unity is crucial,” he said.

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