Mr. de Blasio’s administration has looked to cut ties with the president’s company several times in recent years. The first was in 2015 when Mr. Trump made derogatory remarks about Latinos. Then in 2018, the mayor’s office evaluated the legal troubles of Mr. Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to see if they were enough to cut contractual ties.
But this time, Mr. de Blasio said he is confident the city is on a “strong legal ground” to void the contracts.
The mayor said he expects the Trump Organization to challenge the city’s decision in court. And that is exactly what the company intends to do, Amanda Miller, a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, told my colleague Emma Fitzsimmons.
“The City of New York has no legal right to end our contracts and if they elect to proceed, they will owe the Trump Organization over $30 million,” Ms. Miller said in a statement. “We plan to fight vigorously.”
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