NEW YORK (AP) – New York City will terminate business contracts with President Donald Trump after last week’s uprising at the US Capitol, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday.
“I’m here to announce that the city of New York is terminating all contracts with the Trump Organization,” de Blasio said in an interview with MSNBC.
De Blasio said the Trump organization earns about $ 17 million a year in profits from its contracts to run two ice rinks and a carousel in Central Park, as well as a golf course in the Bronx.
The city can legally terminate a contract if the management of a business is involved in criminal activity, the Democratic mayor said. “Encouraging an uprising ̵
An email seeking comment was sent Wednesday to the Trump Organization.
The move to end Trump’s business contracts in the city he previously called home is the latest example of how the Jan. 6 breach of violent Trump supporters is affecting the Republican president’s business interests.
The PGA of America voted Sunday to take the PGA Championship off its New Jersey golf course next year, a move that came after social media platforms disabled Trump’s accounts and Shopify removed online stores affiliated with him.
De Blasio had previously said the city was investigating its legal options to terminate the Trump contracts. He said Wednesday that city attorneys ruled that if Trump sues over the move, the city will win. Trump “encouraged a mob to attack the Capitol,” de Blasio said, adding: “Lawyers looked at it, and it was as clear as a bell that there is reason to suspend these contracts, and we are moving to do so. immediately.”
However, the split with Trump’s name company does not happen immediately. De Blasio said in a press release that the termination of the contract to run the Ferry Point golf course in the Bronx is complex “and is expected to take a number of months.”
Termination of the contract to operate Wollman Rink and Lasker Rink in Central Park will take effect 30 days after written notice is provided, de Blasio said. Termination of the contract to run the carousel, which is now closed, takes effect 25 days after written notice.
The city will seek new suppliers for all the attractions, the mayor said.
Removing the Trump name from the rinks, carousel and golf course will not erase him 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 from Trump Tower to Florida in 2019.