Trump threat to Democratic-led cities provokes outcry
The White House said President Donald Trump’s latest threat to cut federal dollars for certain big cities is aimed at spurring them to do more to quell violence, but local leaders dismissed it Thursday as a political gimmick that is unlikely to stand up in court if implemented.
Trump has made a number of other threats that were either struck down by judges or that the president paused on his own.
Trump issued a memorandum Wednesday calling on the attorney general to publish a list of jurisdictions that have “permitted violence and the destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract these criminal activities.” Subsequently, agency heads are to get guidance about how to restrict federal grants to those jurisdictions.
The memorandum comes as Trump seeks to cast his Democratic rival Joe Biden as weak on crime amid some of the violence that has accompanied protests against racial injustice.