It would take a brave man to accuse U.S. President Donald Trump of beating around the bush, especially in his hometown.
On Friday, just after Trump fired White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in a sudden shakeup, the President was speaking at a scheduled event in front of some of New York City’s finest public servants from the Police Department. Trump, who will likely never cease seizing the moment with strong willed statements, took a moment during his time with the men and women in blue to let them know, subtly, how he feels about NY Mayor Bill De Blasio.
De Blasio, as Trump surely knew beforehand, has been a target of the NYPD for some time with the force accusing the delinquent Mayor of figuratively handcuffing them, no pun intended.
Trump, eager to please his crowd, recognized the plight of these noble officers by getting a jab in against the embattled Mayor, drawing a noticeable response from those in attendance.
“’I’ve met great police who aren’t allowed to do their job because they have a pathetic mayor or a mayor who doesn’t know what’s going on,’ Trump said, eliciting cheers from the crowd, to which he quipped: ‘Were you applauding for someone in particular?’
“The mayor’s camp later said in a statement that it was clear Trump was referring to him — and used the call-out to try to cash in.
“De Blasio’s campaign said in an e-mail to supporters that Trump’s speech was ‘incoherent’ and asked for cash towards his re-election.
“’Chip in $3 to Bill de Blasio’s re-election campaign as a way of saying we will never allow Donald Trump or one of his supporters to lead the largest and most diverse city in America. No way,’ wrote campaign manager Rick Fromberg.
“Even though the self-proclaimed progressive leader flew 4,000 miles to protest Trump in Hamburg earlier this month, he couldn’t be bothered to continue holding up the mantle of discontent when the president was in his own back yard.”
Trump’s remarks belie a feeling of ease in the White House, amidst a massively turbulent week of staff shakeups and chaos.
Just before the speed in Long Island, Trump had fired Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, on the plane with him, replacing the former RNC bigwig with General John F. Kelly. Priebus exited the plane in Long Island and made other arrangements to return to Washington.
This is just the latest in a series of White House personnel shuffles in recent days, as Press Director Sean Spicer was finally bounced out of the administration to be replaced by the bombastic Anthony Scaramucci, who has already contributed to the termination of at least one of the Oval Office’s leakers. Priebus may very well have been a second source of information to the press, but those suspicions have yet to be confirmed.