As President Trump arrives in Germany Thursday to attend the G20 Summit meeting with other world leaders, one prominent mayor in the U.S. is on his way to Germany… to protest the president.
In order to travel to Germany, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio even skipped out on a swearing-in ceremony for 524 new officers of the NYPD, leaving just one day after an NYPD cop was killed in The Bronx, according to the NY Post.
De Blasio will reportedly be attending several protest events surrounding the Summit, including a large event in Hamburg Saturday, where as many as 10,000 people have registered to attend, all in opposition of the leaders participating in the summit.
The protest event, “Hamburg Shows Attitude,” is reportedly paying the travel expenses for de Blasio to attend.
Even members of the New York City Council said they were not aware de Blasio was planning to jet off to Europe.
The NY Post reported that Republican Nicole Malliotakis, who is challenging de Blasio for his mayoral position, condemned him for abandoning his responsibilities at home, saying he should have stayed to attend the NYPD swearing-in ceremony, among other things.
“Unbelievable. Instead of jet-setting around the world, he should be here doing his job,” said Malliotakis. “A police officer was murdered, street homelessness has skyrocketed and people continue to get delayed on the trains.”
“The mayor should be embarrassed by the way he has treated the men and women of our police department,” she added.
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