New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is facing widespread criticism for jetting off to Germany Thursday to join G-20 protesters, just a day after the assassination of an NYPD officer in the Bronx.
While in Germany, De Blasio is expected to attend several events related to the G-20 summits, and appear as a main speaker at the Saturday demonstration “Hamburg Zeigt Haltung,” or “Hamburg Shows Attitude,” according to his press secretary Eric Phillips.
The mayor will also visit his son, Dante, who is currently participating in a summer internship in Berlin.
— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) July 7, 2017
By departing abruptly for Germany, De Blasio chose not to attend a swearing-in ceremony for 524 new NYPD recruits. The mayor’s trip began a day after NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia was shot in the head and killed while sitting in her police cruiser in the Bronx.
Phillips confirmed via Twitter that De Blasio plans to attend Familia’s funeral.
Many New Yorkers and politicians condemned the mayor’s decision to leave the city. Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, one of de Blasio’s Republican opponents in the upcoming mayoral race, took to Twitter with her criticism.
“While #NYC ‘s subways crumble, sex crimes increase double digits, litter on streets pile up & the number of street homeless soars… #G20,” Malliotakis tweeted Thursday night, along with a photoshopped picture of de Blasio smiling over a plate of bratwurst and glasses of beer.
— Nicole Malliotakis (@NMalliotakis) July 6, 2017
“The photo is funny but the issue is serious. Our mayor is neglecting his basic responsibility of managing the city,” Malliotakis told the New York Post.
“As the city mourns, its leader flees,” said Ed Mullins, the head of NYPD sergeants union. “And then he wonders why he has a problem with the police. A real leader stays with the city in this time of hardship.”
Donald Trump Jr. also criticized De Blasio on Twitter for leaving New York City while its “education, infrastructure etc rots under his ‘progressive’ stewardship!”
NYC mayor goes to G20 to protest against capitalism while the City’s education, infrastructure etc rots under his “progressive” stewardship! https://t.co/B2W1q8qh0c
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 6, 2017
Phillips told The New York Daily News that De Blasio is traveling with three staffers and event organizers are covering the cost of the trip.
Prior to his departure, De Blasio joined 11 other mayors from across the nation to send a letter Thursday, criticizing the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts to public housing.
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