"Mr. President, we asked you to help New York City, and you weren't there for us. We asked you for testing at the beginning of this crisis. Never came. We asked you for a stimulus to help us get back on our feet. You didn't lift a finger. We asked you for the truth about the coronavirus, so we can all move forward together. And you refused to tell New Yorkers and the American people what was really going on. So you failed us. And now you want to punish us? It makes no sense," said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
President Donald Trump signed a memo on Wednesday that threatens to cut federal funding to "lawless" cities, including Seattle, Portland, New York and Washington.
"My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones," said the memo, which was released by the White House.