"This is all about gamesmanship for him," said Arzt. "It doesn't matter what the outcome of the gamesmanship is. He's a showman and it keeps him in the headlines. There haven't been repercussions if his bluff fails."
But this moment will feel "unique because it's rare to see a president so unpopular in his own city," said George Arzt, press secretary to former Mayor Ed Koch who frequently butted heads with Trump in the 1980s.