After we reported that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had refused no personal call from the president after the tragic terrorist attack in New York City, Trump started backpedaling faster than a duck in an alligator den and paid a call to the governor and mayor both.
Of course, he took to Twitter after the severe backlash he started suffering and tweeted three tweets trying to contain just how bad it really looked. He tweeted:
‘Just spoke with @NYGovCuomo and @NYCMayor de Blasio to let them know that the federal government…’
‘…fully supports any and all of their efforts with respect to the West Side attack. #NYCStrong’
Considering the fact that de Blasio appeared on CNN earlier Wednesday morning and basically called out the president for immediately politicizing the attacks to further his anti-Muslim agenda (rather than call the leaders of New York and New York City), we can only wonder just how awkward that conversation was.
Many on Twitter responded with outrage to Trump just now finally catching up. However, some did defend him making out he already had plenty on his plate, which is pretty sickening. Some also compared Trump’s slow response to the same slow response he had to the attack and killing of four U.S. soldiers in Niger in October. You can check out those responses below and also check out videos of Gov. Cuomo’s and Mayor de Blasio’s remarks below.
On Tuesday, a terrorist drove a white pickup truck into a crowd of people along the streets of New York City. Eight individuals were killed and over a dozen were injured. It was quickly established that it was an attack of terror by a radicalized young man who yelled, “Allahu Akbar” after he exited his vehicle.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) November 1, 2017
As our hearts went out to the victims and their families, our dear sweet citrusy President Donald Trump sent his prayers via text before promptly turning the tragedy into a politicization to support his neverending struggle to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
Along with those polarizing tweets, Trump also pointed a finger at Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schuck Schumer.
The response from Trump, appropriate or not, seemed to be immediate and concerned. Like, he really did seem to care – even if his solution was completely wrong, ignorant, and xenophobic. So, you would think that he would have already been in touch with NYC’s Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo? Surely, he paid them a call to discuss whatever resources they may need, express his sentiments for their suffering city and state. Right?
During a press conference, Mayor de Blasio revealed Trump had not personally called him.
‘I received calls yesterday from the homeland security secretary and from the homeland security adviser in the White House… Both offered any and all help to New York City in this moment and said they would be 100 percent available to us in any way going forward… Not from the president directly, no.’
Governor Cuomo then stepped up to the mic and voiced the same sentiments.
‘I received no call from the president..’
De Blasio was then asked if he was bothered by the fact he didn’t receive a call from the president.
‘Look, I’m not bothered at all because two senior officials called promptly and offered help, and I think that’s appropriate… No one up here wants to politicize any of this, and I don’t think anyone should be politicizing this tragedy.’
Cuomo also answered:
‘I am not bothered that the president didn’t call. I am bothered by an attempt by anyone to try to pol.iticize this situation. That plays right into the hands of the terrorists. They are trying to disrupt. They are trying to create mayhem. They are trying to divide. The point is to do the opposite… So to politicize this event, I think is wholly counterproductive.’
De Blasio also appeared on CNN Wednesday morning and commented on Trump’s immediate politicization of the tragedy.
‘Look, the last thing the president or anyone else should do is politicize this tragedy. We have to find out what happened here. That work is going to be done by the FBI, by the NYPD, and all of our partners to determine who exactly this man is, what moved him to this horrible act… That’s what we should be focused on.’
De Blasio went on to say that Trump’s politicization gave legitimacy to the message of terrorists.
‘Unfortunately, we are sending the exact negative message that a lot of our enemies wants and the terrorists want to affirm that this nation is somehow anti-Muslim. We’ve got to do the exact opposite.’
Featured image by Spencer Platt/Getty Images.