On Wednesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city would be terminating its business contracts with the Trump Organization after last week’s riots at the US Capitol.
According to NPR, the city will be severing the contracts that involve two public ice rinks, a carousel in Central Park, and a Bronx golf course.
“The president incited a rebellion against the United States government that killed five people and threatened to derail the constitutional transfer of power,” de Blasio said in a statement. “The City of New York will not be associated with those unforgivable acts in any shape, way, or form, and we are immediately taking steps to terminate all Trump Organization contracts.”
He also added that the Trump Organization profited about $17 million annually from the sites.
“In light of last week’s attack on our Capitol and our democracy, we have concluded that it is in the best interests of New Yorkers for the City to commence the process of canceling these contracts and terminating its business ties with the Trump Organization,” added James Johnson, corporation counsel with the mayor’s office.
In response, a spokesperson for the Trump organization told CNN Business that the city does not have any right to cancel the contracts.
“Yet another example of Mayor de Blasio’s incompetence and blatant disregard for the facts,” the statement from the spokesperson said. “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. This is nothing more than political discrimination, and we plan to fight it vigorously.”
On MSNBC’s Wednesday broadcast of Morning Joe, de Blasio appeared to retort that the city has every legal avenue at its disposal to execute the cancellation.
“The contracts make very clear that if the company and the leadership of that company are engaged in illegal activity, we have a right to sever the contract,” de Blasio said. “Inciting an insurrection against the United States government clearly constitutes criminal activity.”
“So, the City of New York will no longer have anything to do with the Trump Organization,” he concluded.