Ocasio-Cortez blasts Trump as 'corrupt' for blocking Global Entry for New Yorkers

Ocasio-Cortez blasts Trump as 'corrupt' for blocking Global Entry for New Yorkers
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims Trump blasts Schumer over 'incorrect sound bites' on coronavirus Trump warns against 'partisan investigations' after Pelosi establishes select committee on virus response MORE (D-N.Y.) criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Outgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump hits Illinois governor after criticism: 'I hear him complaining all the time' MORE for his decision to block New York state from the Global Entry program, calling it “corrupt, illegal, and authoritarian.”

Ocasio-Cortez responded to a tweet from the president said he was meeting with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to discuss the move, and warning that the state “must stop all of its unnecessary lawsuits & harassment, start cleaning itself up, and lowering taxes.”

Ocasio-Cortez said Trump is extorting the state to lawsuits against his administration and family. 

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“Trump is publicly admitting that he is holding Global Entry for New Yorkers hostage in exchange for dropping lawsuits against him and his family’s lawbreaking behavior,” she tweeted.

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security said it would block New Yorkers from enrolling in trusted traveler programs that allow them to bypass long security and customs lines at airports after the state passed a law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

DHS cited security concerns as their initial reason for blocking the state from the trusted travelers program. 

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The administration’s move is seen by some as part of a series of decisions a newly emboldened Trump has made after being acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial.

In her tweet, Ocasio-Cortez pointed to Republican Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves GOP senators begin informal talks on new coronavirus stimulus Murkowski pushes Mnuchin for oil company loans MORE (Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis GOP senators begin informal talks on new coronavirus stimulus GOP presses for swift Ratcliffe confirmation to intel post MORE (Maine), two moderates who voted to acquit president Trump on impeachment charges last week. 

“Hope Collins and Murkowski are proud of their vote,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

Walter ShaubWalter Michael Shaub'Nero' trends after meme Trump retweeted of himself playing violin is likened to Nero fiddling as Rome burns Ocasio-Cortez blasts Trump as 'corrupt' for blocking Global Entry for New Yorkers Ex-White House ethics chief rips reversal on Stone sentencing MORE, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, praised Ocasio-Cortez for her comments.

“First member of Congress to speak out. Where are the others? Where is the media? This is Ukraine all over again,” he tweeted.