President Trump hit Mayor Bill de Blasio over New York City’s skyrocketing shootings and called on police to “be allowed to do their jobs” during an ABC News town hall on Tuesday night.
The president’s dig at Hizzoner came after he was asked what could be done to address the ongoing protests over racial inequality and police brutality, including the killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville.
“I think they were tragic events,” Trump said from Philadelphia, before adding that while there are “bad apples” within police departments, “99 percent [are] great people.”
“Those events are terrible,” Trump said, “but we have to allow the police to do their job, otherwise crime is going to soar.”
He then pointed to the Big Apple, where there’s been a sky-high uptick in shootings over the last few months, with a 50 percent increase over Labor Day weekend alone compared to last year.
“The city was safe, and then all of a sudden we have a mayor who starts cutting the police force and crime is up…,” Trump said, referring to de Blasio and the NYPD’s $6 billion budget taking a $1 billion hit when it was passed in June.
In order to stop crime, Trump said, “we have to give the respect back to the police that they deserve.”
“We have to give them their mojo. We have to let them protect us.”
The president then pointed to the weekend ambush shooting of two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies who were left critically injured, saying the horrific crime was the result of “a lack of respect.”
“This guy walks up to a police car, and he starts shooting point blank rang at two innocent people. You can’t let that happen. You have to — you have to be very tough crime when it comes to things like that,” he said.
China must be held accountable for spread of COVID-19
President Trump launched a scathing broadside against China and its handling of the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday during an address to the United Nations General Assembly.
“We must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world, China,” the president said in a pre-recorded speech to the virtual global gathering.
“In the earliest days of the virus, China locked down travel domestically, while allowing flights to leave China, and in fact the world. China condemned my travel ban on their country, even as they canceled domestic flights and locked citizens in their homes,” he continued.
He went on to call out the World Health Organization, claiming it is “virtually controlled” by the Chinese Communist Party and said the agency falsely said there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission of the disease.
“Later they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease,” he said.
NYPD busts murder suspect who allegedly threatened suicide by cop
The man suspected of fatally stabbing his girlfriend in her Manhattan pad — and later allegedly threatening suicide by cop — was busted early Tuesday, officials said.
Joshua Martinez, 33, was taken into custody with charges pending, according to police, who offered no additional details.
“Great investigative work by the 34 Precinct Detective Squad & the Fugitive Enforcement Division,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison tweeted Tuesday morning. “Joshua Martinez, who was wanted for murder and threatened suicide by cop, was apprehended this morning without incident.”
His girlfriend, Carol Nystrom, 44, was found dead in her Inwood apartment Thursday, authorities said.
Two days later, a man police believe was Martinez rang the NYPD Crimestoppers tip hotline, cops said Saturday.
Instead of turning himself in, he dared cops to come get him, vowing to end his own life and take some of them down with him.
Nystrom’s Facebook page features a backdrop of butterflies, the beach and flowers. She listed her hobbies as “advocating equality and justice for all, photographing graffiti and urban life.”
UK closing pubs early amid ‘perilous’ second wave of COVID-19
Britain was put under tough new lockdown measures Tuesday because of an alarming second wave of the coronavirus — with the nation’s beloved pubs forced to close early and the military put on standby.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the House of Commons that the stringent new measures were needed because the nation had “reached a perilous turning point” soon after relaxing earlier lockdowns.
Confirmed infection rates had “almost quadrupled,” and hospitalizations from the contagion “more than doubled” in the last fortnight, Johnson said — noting the pandemic is likely to spread more in colder weather.
“This is the moment we must act,” he told parliament, admitting the new rules will likely “remain in place for perhaps six months.”
“For the time being, this virus is a fact of our lives and I must tell the House and the country that our fight against it will continue,” he said.
“We are taking decisive and appropriate steps to balance saving lives with protecting jobs and livelihoods,” he said.
Johnson ordered all pubs, bars and restaurants to close at 10 p.m. from Thursday, with only table service allowed, saying he was “sorry this will hurt many businesses just getting back on their feet.”
He insisted it was needed, however, because “the virus spreads more later in the night when more alcohol has been consumed.”
Johnson also halted the planned return of spectators to sports venues, banned indoor team sports and halved the numbers allowed to attend weddings from 30 to 15.
He also stressed the rules “will be enforced by tighter penalties” — with even first-time offenders caught not wearing masks against rules facing fines of more than $250.
Those failing to self-isolate, meanwhile, face fines of more than $12,500, he said.
If infection rates fail to drop, “then we reserve the right to deploy greater firepower with significantly greater restrictions,” Johnson added — saying that the “option to draw military support where required” to back up police enforcing the rules.
Still, he insisted it was not the “full lockdown” seen in March, with schools and universities staying open, and stores also operating with safety measures. Office workers were encouraged to work from home, however.
The prime minister also insisted the nation was better equipped to deal with the second wave.
The extra measures come after government advisers said new cases could reach 50,000 per day by mid-October.
The United Kingdom already has the biggest official COVID-19 death toll in Europe — 41,877 on Tuesday morning — while it is borrowing record amounts to pump emergency money through the damaged economy.
Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey warned that the “very unfortunate” escalation of COVID-19 cases threatened the economic outlook and said the central bank was looking hard at how it could support the economy further.
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