Trump’s proposed federal budget would slash $190 million in Homeland Security funding for NYC’s fight against terrorism

It took President Trump all of six months to forget about “never forgetting 9/11”

March 16, 2017

The NYC Police Department said Thursday that Donald Trump’s enormous slate of proposed budget cuts would take away “critical” funding the department uses to fight terrorism in New York.

The cuts could impact everything from active-shooter training to intelligence analysis to bomb squad equipment, police said at a briefing with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday.

The federal funding goes directly to the NYPD for use in a variety of ways: Its network of thousands of public and private security cameras, radiological and chemical protection equipment, training dogs, intelligence analysis, and the department’s bomb squad. About 1,500 officers are deployed full-time to counterterrorism efforts.

James P. O’Neill, the New York City police commissioner, said:

“Under the president’s proposal, nearly all federal funding to the NYPD would be eradicated . . . This funding is absolutely critical. It is the backbone of our entire counter-terrorism apparatus.”

As the nation’s largest city, New York has long been a target for terror attacks.

Since 2002, the city was targeted by more than 20 terror plots — the most recent just last year, when an attacker radicalized during visits to Afghanistan set off a bomb in Chelsea, police said. The blast injured 32 people.

Twenty of those plots were foiled by city law enforcement – including planned terror attacks on the Brooklyn Bridge, the city subways, Times Square and the Federal Reserve Bank.

The Trump administration has defended its budget cuts as getting rid of unnecessary programs to accomplish his campaign promises.

Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill unloaded on Trump over his plan to put the city’s 8.4 million residents in harm’s way.

Mayor de Blasio tweeted:

“Let me be clear: New York City is in the crosshairs of the president’s budget . . . I want to ask President Trump to come back to New York City and talk to the people hurt by his budget.”

“This funding is absolutely critical,” O’Neill said. “It is the backbone of our entire counterterrorism apparatus. It is the cornerstone of preparedness and prevention against terrorist threats, and enables us to do what we can do to keep the city secure.”

Commissioner O’Neill also blasted the budget proposal on Twitter.

“Under @POTUS budget, virtually all fed funding to #NYPD eradicated. Entire counterterrorism apparatus in nation’s top terror target hobbled.”

It took Trump all of six months to forget about never forgetting 9/11

The President noted last year, after visiting Ground Zero on the 15th anniversary of 9/11, that the nation and the world needed to remember the terrorist carnage that left nearly 3,000 Americans dead.

“Today, we mourn for all the lives lost,” said Trump, who was in his Trump Tower home when terrorists slammed two hijacked planes into the World Trade Center. “We will never forget.”

Something else to remember: The city spends $100,000 a day to protect Trump Tower when the President is out of Manhattan (to protect First Lady Melania Trump and her son Barron, who still live at Trump Tower), and an estimated $300,000 per day when Trump is back in his Fifth Ave. residence. Officials say the city paid $24 million during the presidential transition and has only been reimbursed $7 million.

The NYPD posts close to 200 officers in and around Trump Tower during the presidential visits.

The proposed Trump budget unveiled Thursday does call for $2.6 billion on the Mexican border wall, and $1.5 billion to locate and deport immigrants living illegally in the U.S.

“The President has made such a big point of talking about security, while simultaneously putting a cut in his budget of two-thirds of a billion dollars being removed from Homeland Security,” De Blasio said. “I don’t understand that logic one bit. We’re the No. 1 target in this country, the No. 1 terror target.”

Perhaps the bigger part of this story may not be that obvious . . .

“Donald Trump doesn’t seem to understand the repercussions of his proposed budget cuts. He has made cuts in areas where he just has no idea who or what is effected and he doesn’t care”

Links to this story:

TIME Politics – NYPD Says President Trump’s Budget Cuts Leave New York Vulnerable to Terror

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS by Rocco Parascandola, Erin Durkin, Larry Mcshane March 16, 2017 –
NYPD top cop James O’Neill says Trump’s budget would severely impede the city’s fight against terrorism

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