President Donald Trump is taking steps to withdraw federal funding from New York City and other cities that he says are descending into "anarchy" according to a new report.
Trump signed a five-page memo on Wednesday calling on all federal agencies to send reports to the New House Office of Management and Budget on federal funds going to four cities that the New York Post says may be diverted.
In addition to New York, the memo named Seattle, Washington DC and Portland, Oregon as potential targets for the revocation of federal funds.
"My administration will not allow federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to turn into lawless zones," Trump said in the memo, the Post said.
President Donald Trump is taking steps to withdraw federal funds from New York City and other cities that he says are descending into "anarchy" according to a new report
"To ensure that federal funds are not excessively wasted or spent in a way that directly violates our government's promise to protect life, liberty and property, it is imperative that the federal government review the use of federal funds by jurisdiction, anarchy and allow violence and destruction in America's cities. & # 39;
Federal agencies must detail "all federal funding made available to Seattle, Portland, New York, Washington, DC."
At the same time, Trump ordered Attorney General Bill Barr to draw up a list within 14 days of "anarchist jurisdictions" permitting the persistence of violence and property destruction and refusing to take reasonable action "to restore order.
Protesters raise their fists as a fire burned the streets of Seattle in June after clashes with law enforcement officers near the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct
The ordinance does not identify the cities Barr should investigate and it is at the attorney's general discretion which cities to determine.
The memo also instructs White House Budget Director Russ Vought to provide guidance to agency heads within 30 days of Wednesday to restrict anarchist jurisdictions' eligibility for federal grants or otherwise to the extent permitted by law is admissible to disadvantage.
The size of the funds in question could be huge, given that federal grants make up $ 3.7 billion of DC's annual budget and a whopping $ 7 billion in New York.
Many of these funds are for Medicare and Social Programs, but it was not immediately clear what types of funds would be affected by the order.
In the memo, Trump elaborated on allegations of local mismanagement against each of the named cities, saying that New York was admitted because violent crime skyrocketed even as Mayor Bill de Blasio disappointed the NYPD.
The New York shootings rose 166 percent last month compared to August 2019, and the murder rose 47 percent, according to NYPD statistics released Wednesday.
The shootings in New York City rose 166 percent last month from August 2019. This emerges from the crime statistics published by the police on Wednesday. The number of shootings increased in all counties except Staten Island
Trump's memo reads: "In New York City officials have allowed the violence to increase."
"In the face of this indescribable surge in violence, I have offered to provide assistance with federal law enforcement, but both Mayor de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo have turned down my offer," said Trump's memo.
While the violence has increased, arrests have decreased. In 28 days of June and July, arrests in New York City fell 62 percent from the same period last year, ”the memo said.
"Amid mounting violence, Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council agreed to cut $ 1 billion from the New York Police Department (NYPD) budget, including hiring 1,163 officials."
The memo also cites NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea's decision in June to disband the plainclothes anti-crime units responsible for fighting illegal weapons and drugs on the streets.
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