New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio strongly recommended on Friday that Amazon boss Jeff Bezos pulled out of his plans to build another corporate headquarters in the Big Apple due to fallout due to his relationship with news anchor Lauren Sanchez.
"I think we could all say there were unusual things in the Amazon family at the moment – and that was said politely," they said Blasio on "Morning Joe" Friday. "There were obviously some unusual factors that happened. We know who the ultimate decision maker is. I'm just saying it was an unusual environment."
On the contrary, several regular guests immediately left and demanded to know if the mayor specifically referred to the Bezos case with Sanchez. "You think his affair had something to do with it?" Donny Deutsch asked.
"You did something that we have to commit to," co-hosted Willie Geist added moments later. "You think Jeff Bezo's affair is somehow …"
"I didn't say it. I said an unusual environment," they continued Blasio. "Many cross-pressures, many things are going on."
"Like what?" Geist required.
The mayor refused to elaborate on these "cross-pressures" and instead went to the show and said it was their responsibility to uncover the truth. Geist continued to press over what they blasio meant – to some weaker ones – but the mayor broke.
Reps for the Blasio's office and Amazon refused to comment further on the case.
While the Amazon agreement was announced with great fanfare in November 2018, the company suddenly hit the ground after raising opposition from liberal and democratic socialist legislators in the city.
Although the Amazon deal had faced broad support across all the demographics of New Yorkers, critics attacked billions of dollars in tax cuts the company was offered as an incentive. Others worried about increasing longevity and gentrification problems, which would also have accompanied the retailer's planned flight to Long Island City.
Although the Blasio called the Amazon expiration "undoubtedly" a major loss to New York City, it was celebrated by a new rising star in its party – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
"Everything is possible: Today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers and their neighbors defeated Amazon's business greed, its exploitation of the workers and the power of the richest man in the world," she tweeted after the company announced expiration in February.