De Blasio jets to Germany to join G-20 protesters, skips police ceremony
By Katherine Lam – Published July 07 | Fox News
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his decision to join protesters at the G-20 summit in Germany a day after an NYPD cop was assassinated in the Bronx.
De Blasio appeared on the “Ask the Mayor” segment on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” Friday, calling in from Hamburg. The mayor departed Thursday evening to attend protest events, keeping hush about his plans until hours before he left.
De Blasio told Lehrer the government of Hamburg invited him to come about 10 to 12 days ago and he was going to announce the trip earlier this week.
“They wanted, I think, to represent the fact that there are a variety of views in the United States on how to proceed on the big issues that face this planet, particularly on climate change,” de Blasio said.
De Blasio continued to attack Trump, with the mayor saying, as the “leader of the biggest city in the country,” he has the responsibility to represent the U.S. differently from the president.
“We are not going to be intimidated by President Trump and we are not going to turn away from our values,” de Blasio said. “I have said many times this is not someone you get something done by compromising with or yielding to. He only understands strength and we have to show strength.”
De Blasio is expected to attend several events surrounding the G-20 summit in the next two days, the mayor’s press secretary Eric Phillips wrote on Twitter. De Blasio will also be a main speaker at the Saturday demonstration “Hamburg Zeigt Haltung,” or “Hamburg Shows Attitude.”
The trip will also include a visit with his son, Dante, who is currently in Berlin for a summer internship, The New York Post reported.
Protesting G-20 and Trump is far more important than a cop being assassinated in the city. He cares nothing about those optics either. But that’s how commies roll.
He has a “responsibility,” as mayor, to attack the president but no responsibility to the police who protect the city. It’s the height of elite arrogance. Lecture us on “values”.
And say hello to Obama, I’m sure you’ll cross paths.
Hey, De Blasio, that guy you are protesting in Germany, and aligning against, cares more about protecting the people and preserving the peace in your city than you do. Every day.
Big Bird DeBlasio goes off to join the “Welcome to Hell” protests. Duty and values call. Wonder if he’ll get the t-shirt?