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De Blasio: Trump 'seems to enjoy stabbing his home town in the back'

De Blasio: Trump 'seems to enjoy stabbing his home town in the back'
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New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio (D) said President Trump enjoys backstabbing his home state of New York after the president said he doesn’t support sending federal aid to state and local governments amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

“The president of the United States, a former New Yorker who seems to enjoy stabbing his hometown in the back, [is] talking about ‘no bailout for New York,’” de Blasio said during a Tuesday briefing. 

“What kind of human being sees the suffering here and decides that people in New York don't deserve help? What kind of person does that?” de Blasio added. 

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De Blasio referenced Trump’s comments in an interview with The New York Post published Tuesday. 

In the interview, Trump characterized the requested federal aid as “bailouts” for states “run by Democrats” and said approving such aid is “not fair” to Republican states. 

De Blasio said the president is “playing politics while people are suffering.” 

“Who cares who runs the states? The people need the help, there are Americans who need help right now. Do you not care about that firefighter, that EMT, that paramedic, that police officer, that health care worker because they live in a state run by a Democrat? Or a city run by a Democrat?” de Blasio said. “Does that make them less American in your view, Mr. President?”

De Blasio said the federal funding is necessary to help New York move forward after the pandemic which has shuttered all nonessential businesses in the area. 

“All we’re asking to do is get back on our feet so we can contribute to the national recovery. There's not going to be a national recovery without New York City and New York state and cities and states all around the country that have been hit so far,” he said. 

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New York is the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, with 321,192 confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide, according to state data

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNew York surpasses half a million COVID-19 cases This collection of top-rated entertainment apps is now on sale for over 0 off Senate Health Committee chair asks Cuomo, Newsom to 'stop second guessing' FDA on vaccine efficacy MORE (D) similarly slammed Trump Tuesday over his comments about not backing aid for states. 

“If you starve the states how do you expect the states to be able to fund this entire reopening plan which the governors are in charge of,” Cuomo said during his daily coronavirus briefing.