NEW YORK (AP) – New York City terminated a trade contract with President Donald Trump after last week’s insurance at the US Capitol, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.
“I’m here to announce that New York City is breaking all contracts with the Trump Organization,” de Blasio said in an interview on MSNBC.
De Blasio said the Trump Organization profits from its contract to run two ice skating rinks and a carousel in Central Park, as well as a golf course in the Bronx.
The Democratic mayor said the city can legally terminate a contract if the company’s leadership is involved in criminal activity. “Raising an insurrection – let’s be very clear, let’s say the word again – sparking a revolt against the United States government clearly constitutes criminal activity,” he said.
An email seeking comment was sent to the Trump Organization on Wednesday.
Trump’s move to terminate the business contracts in the city, which he had previously called home, is the latest example of how the Jan. 6 breach by violent Trump supporters is affecting the Republican president’s business interests.
America’s PGA voted on Sunday to take the PGA Championship away from its New Jersey golf course next year, a move that came after social media platform Trump’s accounts were disabled and Shopify took down online stores linked to it took.
De Blasio previously said the city was investigating its legal options to terminate the Trump contract. He said city lawyers on Wednesday determined that if Trump sued the move, the city would win. Trump said “a mob was instigated to attack the Capitol,” de Blasio said, “The lawyers saw it and it was clear as a bell that is the basis for terminating these contracts and we call it Moving on to heal. “
The split with Trump’s well-known company, however, will not happen immediately. De Blasio said in a news release that ending the contract to run Ferry Point Golf Course in the Bronx is complicated “and is expected to take several months.”
De Blasio said that the contract to run the Volman rink and the Lasker rink in Central Park would take effect within 30 days. The termination of the contract to run the now-closed carousel due to the carousel epidemic will take effect 25 days after written notice.
The mayor said the city would look for new vendors for all the attractions.
Removing the trunk name from the rink, carousel and golf course will not erase it from New York City. He will still operate the Trump Tower on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and the Trump International Hotel on Central Park West. Trump moved his official residence to Florida from Trump Tower in 2019.