As the controversy on NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s trip to protest the G20 summit in Germany continues, the heavily criticized mayor further defended his actions this week by saying police union leaders who have criticized him for skipping town are trying to politicize the death of police officer Miosotis Familia.
“I think the focus should be on the family, the focus should be on supporting our police officers in a time of grief,” de Blasio said, a day after he returned from a trip to protest the G20 forum in Hamburg. “What some other people are doing is an attempt to politicize.”
De Blasio’s anti-cop comments also target Sergeant’s Benevolent Association leader Ed Mullins’, whose statement blasting de Blasio was shared by Fox News and tweeted by President Trump.
“You talk about the president and Ed Mullins, I think you’ve said a lot right there about the motivations of people,” de Blasio said. “And I find it unfortunate.”
In the same interview, De Blasio also insisted he has “not done a lot of travel overseas.”
Contrary to the mayor’s statement, De Blasio has taken two trips to Italy for vacations in 2014 and 2016; another shorter trip to Rome and the Vatican in 2015; one to France after the Charlie Hebdo killings in 2015; one to the U.K. to deliver a speech in 2014; and a trip to Israel in 2015.
De Blasio faces the possibility of being reelected this year, but following the controversy, many NYC citizens are turning to a new hopeful to take his place.
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