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Tags: Coronavirus | Donald Trump | de blasio | nyc | pandemic | budget

NYC Mayor de Blasio: Trump 'Doing Nothing' to Help City Recover

(MSNBC/"Morning Joe")

By    |   Monday, 20 April 2020 02:20 PM

President Donald Trump "loves to credit himself" for the slowly declining numbers of coronavirus cases in New York City and elsewhere, but he's "not doing anything to help my city get back on its feet," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.

There are still too many people being lost every day and the city is "far from being out of the woods" the mayor told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"Right now, Donald Trump is not doing anything to help my city get back on its feet. How am I going to pay for basic services? How am I going to pay for first responders? How will I have a restart of my economy if my city is going broke? I know it is happening all over the country."

De Blasio told MSNBC the city is spending billions on its recovery efforts that it would never have had to spend. 

"We're going to spend this year $3.5 billion to save lives and protect the health of New Yorkers, that we were never going to have to spend in a normal year," said de Blasio.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a briefing Monday that New York reported 507 fatalities  related to the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, its lowest daily death toll since April 6.

The pandemic is not only a New York City problem, but is one all over the nation, and if it's not handled right, it will become even worse, the mayor said. 

"We should be very careful at all levels of government, and the federal government especially needs to get the memo, this thing ain't over," said de Blasio. "If you pretend it is over, it'll boomerang back and make it worse."

The absence of testing also never allowed the city to fight back in the right way, said the mayor. 

"If we had testing in the beginning, we could have done an intensive containment strategy and may have been able to beat back this virus in many places."

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President Donald Trump "loves to credit himself" for the slowly declining numbers of coronavirus cases in New York City and elsewhere, but he's "not doing anything to help my city get back on its feet," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday. There are still too many...
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