President Trump wants the federal government to review whether it can cut funding to cities that continue to let “lawless” protests go on.
According to The Hill:
President Trump on Wednesday called for federal government agencies to begin reviewing potential funding cuts to cities having what the president deemed “lawless” protests.
Trump signed a five-page memo ordering federal agency heads to submit a report to the Office of Management and Budget detailing all federal funds provided to Seattle, Portland, New York City and Washington, D.C. within 14 days.
Attorney General William Barr is also directed to publish on the Department of Justice website a list identifying “anarchist jurisdictions,” defined as state and local jurisdictions “that have permitted violence and the destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract these criminal activities,” according to the memo.
The memo comes as Trump continues to push a message of “law and order” in his bid for reelection. He has criticized local leaders’ handling of protests amid the nationwide demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis in May.
President Trump specifically called out NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.