President Donald Trump Monday lambasted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as "a fool" over his "no response" actions after a weekend of violence and shootings in the city.
"He doesn't know what he's doing," said Trump on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "He's a fool. He's a socialist, communist, maybe, but he's a fool. He got rid of some of the most talented policemen that there are in the world ... some of those people are gone and that's no good. No, this is a fool. This is a fool. Look at the shootings."
His comments came after he warned the mayor on Twitter that if he can't control the ongoing growth of violence in the city, the federal government will step in.
Trump added that when he left New York City four years ago after his election to the White House, he could see the "seeds of this" because de Blasio has "been a bad mayor, but New York was good, it was OK."
The violence that is rocking the city now, though it has happened recently, the seeds for it were already sown over de Blasio's four years in office, Trump said.
"Everybody was doing good," said Trump, noting that the "squeegees" were starting to come out, referring to people seen in cities cleaning windshields for money. "Tents were starting to be built on the sidewalk."
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is now Trump's attorney, "did a great job" through the "broken windows" policy of policing, in which small offenses are handled before they become larger problems, the president said.
"[Giuliani] said that's a sign," said Trump. "It's psychologically very important but Rudy, he was a great mayor and he did stop and frisk. He did stop and frisk. He took guns away from bad people. Now, if you take a gun away from bad people they sue you."
He said Chicago and Portland, which have suffered weeks of violence, are being "run by fools."
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