Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate minority leader, has said if the federal government doesn’t pay for the expenses incurred while New York City police has protect President Donald Trump’s family, the New York City Police Department should withhold all protection, according to a report by Buzzfeed.
“[Mayor Bill de Blasio] ought to tell the Congress if we don’t pay for it, New York City cops aren’t guarding it, and let the Feds put more people in,” Schumer told Buzzfeed. “That’s what I think he should do.”
The Washington Examiner reports New York City spent $24 million on security for Trump Tower between Election Day and when Trump was inaugurated in January. Security costs have remained high since the inauguration because first lady Melania Trump and their son Baron have stayed in New York City while Baron finishes the school year.
Schumer also called Trump in the interview “a huge disappointment to most Americans” that has shown “sheer incompetence,” and he alleged Trump doesn’t have any interest in implementing bipartisan reform.
“When I talk to him, I try to talk to him about serious issues and he just changes the subject,” Schumer said. “I told him we want to work with him where we can work with him, we want to work with him on a big infrastructure bill—America needs to rebuild its infrastructure, haven’t gotten anywhere with him. I told him on North Korea, the way to deal with North Korea is to get China to be much tougher and to get China to be tougher is for us to be tougher with China on trade. Nothing. He listens to what I have to say on the important subject of the day and then he talks about what he wants to talk about.”
Schumer has been one of Trump’s biggest opponents in Washington, D.C., recently telling MSNBC Trump’s first 100 days in office have been “100 days of broken promises to the working people.”