On Tuesday, New York was rocked by terror when an Islamofascist perpetrated an act of terror, plowing a rental truck into pedestrians on a bike lane killing eight and injuring at least 11.
According to Politico, President Trump gave Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) a phone call yesterday to praise how the situation was handled. Amazingly, in spite of de Blasio’s previous harsh criticisms of President Trump, he thanked the President for his assistance.
According to a tweet by the NYC Mayor’s office, President Trump “praised the response of New York City’s first-responders and emergency personnel, before offering the Mayor any federal assistance needed in the coming days.”
The tweet stated that the Mayor expressed his gratitude to President Trump. “The Mayor thanked the President for his pledge of assistance and for the responsiveness of senior homeland security officials in his administration.”
The gratitude expressed between the two men is noteworthy considering that they fiercely opposed each other on numerous political issues and have since President Trump’s candidacy. According to The Washington Examiner, Mayor de Blasio even announced his intention to be the keynote speaker at the protest rally outside the G-20 summit in Germany, an event meant to promote unity and cooperation.
De Blasio’s press secretary, Eric Phillips, stated that the speech was specifically to oppose President Trump. “It’s important that American leaders confront head-on locally and around the world, the damaging rhetoric and policy stances of the Trump Administration.”
Prior to the phone call, de Blasio had been critical of President Trump’s statements regarding the terrorist attack. In the aftermath of the horrific event, it was discovered that the terrorist was an immigrant from Uzbekistan who had several notes in the truck pledging his allegiance to ISIS.
President Trump swiftly condemned this allegiance and on Twitter called for better vetting of all immigrants. “I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!”
When asked for his opinion on stronger vetting, De Blasio criticized this notion. “I think today is about a focus on this incident and all we have to do to respond to it, but I could say simply, we support vetting of individuals, we support very thorough vetting not of groups of people just because they belong to a group. I think this is a very crucial distinction. There should be very, very careful vetting of anyone where there is an indication of a concern but not because of their religion, not because of their country of origin.”
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio thanked President Trump for offering his assistance in the aftermath of the terror attack. Do you agree with the Mayor?
Regardless, it’s nice to see both President Trump and Mayor de Blasio put aside their differences and thank each other for how the situation was handled. Both men responded swiftly and decisively to a terrible situation and their leadership brought both calm and unity during a time of chaos.
Though the politics of the situation are bubbling over on both sides in the aftermath of this terrible tragedy, at least the initial response was that of strength and cool-headed thinking. It’s something not often seen in today’s politically divided America.