Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioLetitia James holding private talks on running for New York governor: report Ocasio-Cortez defends attendance of Met Gala amid GOP uproar Bidens, former presidents mark 9/11 anniversary MORE (D) said Thursday that President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE will not be "welcome back in New York City" after his presidency ends.
The mayor, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, told BuzzFeed that he would debate Trump any time after the president criticized de Blasio on Twitter over videos showing several police officers getting doused with buckets of water.
"[Trump] doesn’t understand New York City,” de Blasio said Thursday night. “And when his presidency is over, really soon, he will not be welcome back in New York City.”
"I challenge you, Donald Trump, to come to New York City, and I will debate you about what’s right for New York City,” the mayor said.
Trump blasted the New York mayor in a pair of tweets Thursday, accusing de Blasio of not supporting law enforcement in the city, urging him to "act immediately" and calling the water attacks a "total disgrace."
“What took place in NYC with water being tossed on NYPD officers was a total disgrace. It is time for @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio to STAND UP for those who protect our lives and serve us all so well," he tweeted.
“What took place was completely unacceptable, and will not be tolerated. Bill de Blasio should act immediately!” he added.
De Blasio responded in his own tweet, mocking the allegations of criminal conduct by the president and touting his own city's crime statistics.
"Crime’s gone down year after year in New York City and it’s not just because you finally left town," de Blasio wrote.