New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city will cancel all contracts with the Trump Organization in response to last week’s Capitol riot, Gothamist reports.
De Blasio said that the city can sever the contracts due to “criminal activity.”
"Inciting an insurrection against the U.S. government clearly constitutes criminal activity,” he told MSNBC. “The City of New York will no longer have anything to do with the Trump Organization.”
The contracts are for two ice skating rinks in Central Park, the Central Park Carousel, and a Trump golf course in the Bronx.
The contracts are worth around $17 million per year, de Blasio said.
The mayor said he expects legal challenges from the company but believes the city is “on strong legal ground.”
Trump loses golf cash:
Along with losing the Trump Golf Links contract at Ferry Point in the Bronx, the PGA said that it would cancel its plans to hold the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump’s Bedminster, New Jersey golf course.
“We find ourselves in a political situation not of our making,” PGA CEO Seth Waugh told the Associated Press. “We’re fiduciaries for our members, for the game, for our mission and for our brand. And how do we best protect that? Our feeling was given the tragic events of Wednesday that we could no longer hold it at Bedminster. The damage could have been irreparable. The only real course of action was to leave.”
Golf course deal should have never happened, mayor says:
De Blasio said the deal for the golf course “never should have been made in the first place.”
The mayor proposed cutting ties with the Trump Organization in 2015 but legal experts warned that it could be challenged in court.
“I've been fighting to cancel these contracts since Trump came down the escalator in 2015 to launch his campaign of hate,” said City Councilman Mark Levine. “These contracts are revokable AT WILL. Trump may sue but there's ample precedent for this. The Trump name will never sully our precious green space again.”