NYC mayor: Meeting with Trump ‘substantive’ and ‘candid’

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) described his meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday as “substantive” and “candid,” saying it was an opportunity to relay the concerns and fears of New Yorkers.

{mosads}The New York City mayor, who’s been critical of Trump and backed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president, convened with the businessman at Trump Tower late Wednesday morning and said they met for a little over an hour. He spoke with Trump by phone earlier this week.

“This was a respectful meeting and a substantive meeting and a very candid meeting,” de Blasio told reporters on Wednesday following their sit-down. “I don’t think lecturing is the right word to use.” 

“I thought it was very important, particularly as the president-elect begins his transition, for him to hear the voices of the people and to get some perspective from outside the transition bubble, understand what’s being said in the streets and subways of our city and why people are so deeply concerned.” 

The Democratic mayor wouldn’t offer details about what Trump said during the meeting, and de Blasio said he expressed concern over areas where they disagree, including stop-and-frisk policing methods.

He said he also noted his and city residents’ fears over former Breitbart News executive Stephen Bannon’s appointment to White House chief strategist.

“I made my views clear and my deep concerns about Mr. Bannon,” de Blasio said. “Many people are afraid of things they’ve seen in Breitbart News, and it suggests divisive policies.” 

While de Blasio said they have “substantial differences,” the New York City mayor said he and Trump agreed to continue the dialogue.

In the wake of Trump’s stunning victory, massive protests have erupted nationwide opposing the president-elect, and de Blasio in a radio interview on Monday encouraged Americans to continue the protests

“We have to recognize that all over this country, the more disruption that’s caused peacefully … the more it will change the trajectory of things,” he said.

“We need to hold Trump accountable for anything he does that encourages hate and division. … The more extreme he is, the more people fight back, the more it takes away his power.”

— Ben Kamisar contributed.

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