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Trump has decided to make some big moves regarding the amount of federal funding major US cities receive – not just any cities, but ones that are hubs for destructive protests that have taken the nation by storm over the last few months.
The lack of law and order in cities like Portland, NYC and Seattle are a disgrace to our great country, and Trump’s statement of “My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones,” may be exactly what we need.
The mayors and governors of these cities should be ashamed at what they have allowed their communities to become, and to let these looters and riots run wild shows that something drastic needs to happen.
Find out more below:
The New York Post broke the news of Trump's "Law and Order" campaign and shared the first targets:
President Trump is ordering the federal government to begin the process of defunding New York City and three other cities where officials allowed “lawless” protests and cut police budgets amid rising violent crime, The Post can exclusively reveal.
Gov. Cuomo says: Trump 'better have an army' to protect him if he comes to NYC
Trump on Wednesday signed a five-page memo ordering all federal agencies to send reports to the White House Office of Management and Budget that detail funds that can be redirected.
New York City, Washington, DC, Seattle and Portland are initial targets as Trump makes “law and order” a centerpiece of his re-election campaign after months of unrest and violence following the May killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police.
“My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones,” Trump says in the memo, which twice mentions New York Mayor Bill de Blasio by name.
“To ensure that Federal funds are neither unduly wasted nor spent in a manner that directly violates our Government’s promise to protect life, liberty, and property, it is imperative that the Federal Government review the use of Federal funds by jurisdictions that permit anarchy, violence, and destruction in America’s cities.”
The Daily Mail also shared more about Trump's new order that has the potential to force local governments to put a stop to these violent outbursts, as well as the reactions from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo:
Trump on Wednesday signed a five-page memo ordering all federal agencies to send reports to the White House Office of Management and Budget on federal funds going to four cities that can be redirected, according to the New York Post.
In addition to New York, the memo names Seattle, Washington DC and Portland, Oregon, as potential targets for revocation of federal funds.
'My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones,' Trump says in the memo, according to the Post.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo responded by calling the move 'an illegal stunt,' saying of Trump: 'He is not a king. He cannot 'defund' NYC.'
All four cities have seen either surging crime over the summer or protests over racial injustice that have spilled into violence and riots.
Simultaneously, Trump ordered Attorney General Bill Barr to develop a list within 14 days of 'anarchist jurisdictions' that 'permitted violence and the destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures' to restore order.
The order does not name the cities that Barr should investigate, giving the attorney general discretion as to which cities to designate.
Peter Baker on MSNBC discusses the five page memo that shows the Trump White House would like to pull federal funds from Democratically-led cities:
The Washington Post shared an angry response from the Mayor of Portland, who failed to stop the violent and destructive protests in his city:
In a statement, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) said: “This is a new low, even for this president. He continues to believe that disenfranchising people living in this country to advance his petty grudges is an effective political strategy. The rest of us know it is dangerous, destructive, and divisive.”
White House officials say the restrictions on federal funding are aimed to encourage cities to crack down on violent protesters. OMB Director Russell Vought said in a statement: “We are taking action by exploring all options to ensure Federal resources flowing to lawless cities aren’t being squandered. The lack of law and order surrounding these riots, and response from local leadership, is a dereliction of duty.”