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New York City Considers Cutting Business Ties With Trump

The Wollman Ice Rink in New York City's Central Park, operated by the Trump Organization, in  2016. Mayor Bill de Blasio is examining whether the city's contract with the Trump Organization can be canceled.
The Wollman Ice Rink in New York City's Central Park, operated by the Trump Organization, in 2016. Mayor Bill de Blasio is examining whether the city's contract with the Trump Organization can be canceled.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that after President Trump's role in last week's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, New York City is considering cutting its business ties with the president's company.

"The president incited a rebellion against the United States government," de Blasio said, "[a] clearly unconstitutional act and people died. That's unforgivable."

The Trump Organization, made up of hundreds of businesses owned by the president, has contracts to run concessions in New York City parks: a carousel, two ice rinks and a golf course. The attractions bring the company $17 million a year, according to The Washington Post,and de Blasio says the agreements are all currently under review by the city.

Trump, a Queens native whose name appears in glittering block letters on high-priced Manhattan real estate, has long had a contentious relationship with his hometown. His conservative politics and policies clash with the more liberal bent of New York City. And when it comes to taxes, Trump has often been accused of skimping on his payments to the state of New York.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump filed paperwork in 2019 to make Florida their primary residence, and when they did so Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted, "Good riddance. It's not like @realDonaldTrump paid taxes here anyway... He's all yours, Florida."

An investigation published last fall by The New York Times showed that for many of the years leading up to his presidency, Trump paid nothing in federal income taxes and only $750 the year he won the election. Still, despite promising he would do so, Trump has not yet released his personal returns and instead continues to loudly trumpet his protestations he pays millions.

In New York,Trump is the subject of ongoing investigations into fraud, a criminal investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and a civil investigation by the New York State Attorney General's Office.

After the events of last week, Trump's financial problems have multiplied quickly.

A growing list of major businesses have announced plans to pause or sever their ties with Trump. The PGA of America canceled its plans to hold the 2022 PGA Championship at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. Stripe, a tech company that processes credit card transactions, has stopped processing donations to Trump campaign committees, according to The Associated Press.

And Deutsche Bank, which has $340 million in outstanding loans to the Trump Organization personally guaranteed by the president, has also said it will no longer do business with Trump, according to The Times.

Christiana Riley, CEO of the bank's U.S. offices, took to LinkedIn to express her concern over the violent events at the Capitol.

"Yesterday was a dark day for America and our democracy," Riley wrote. "Violence has no place in our society and the scenes that we witnessed are a shame on the whole nation. We are proud of our Constitution and stand by those who seek to uphold it to ensure that the will of the people is upheld and a peaceful transition of power takes place."

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