- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared Monday that the city will not be agreeing to any more deals with Donald Trump, following the Republican presidential candidate’s controversial remarks concerning illegal immigration and Sen. John McCain.

“My impression is that unless there has been some breaking of a contract or something that gives us a legal opportunity to act, I’m not sure we have a specific course of action,” Mr. de Blasio said during a press conference. “But we’re certainly not looking to do any business with him going forward.

“What Mr. Trump said about Senator McCain was unacceptable,” the mayor said, referring to Mr. Trump’s comments over the weekend that Mr. McCain is not a war hero.

“Senator McCain is a war hero by any measure, and [Mr. Trump] really should apologize for that. And I’ve said repeatedly, Donald Trump doesn’t represent the views of the people of this city — certainly not of the majority,” Mr. de Blasio said. “But this is an issue for folks in the other party to work through. I just think what he said in the last few days was reprehensible.”

New York City officials began analyzing whether it can get out of several current contracts with Mr. Trump, including those involving a golf course in the Bronx, the Central Park carousel, and two ice skating rinks, following the real estate mogul’s controversial remarks on illegal immigration, CNN reported. The mayor indicated on Monday he had yet to receive a final report, CNN said.

Democratic Councilman Mark Levine also has begun circulating a petition calling on the city to sever its ties with the Republican.

“Our parks are for everyone,” Mr. Levine said. “Trump’s continued ownership of parks concessions runs directly contrary to that spirit.”

Mr. Trump’s office responded, “It’s very sad to hear this mayor speaking about Donald Trump so negatively, considering how much Donald Trump has done for New York City,” the New York Post reported.

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