DeBla­sio spokesman says Trump should pay for NYPD re­sponse

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Jes­sica Chas­mar

The spokesman for New York City Mayor Bill de Bla­sio ig­nited a Twit­ter feud with the in­com­ing Don­ald Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion over who would foot the bill for Tues­day’s evac­u­a­tion of Trump Tower, which turned out to be a false alarm.

In­com­ing White House press sec­re­tary Sean Spicer started the thread Tues­day evening by tweet­ing thanks to the New York City Po­lice Depart­ment af­ter a sus­pi­cious unat­tended pack­age re­sulted in a brief evac­u­a­tion: “Back to work here at Trump Tower af­ter a false alarm. Thanks NYPD.”

That’s when the mayor’s press sec­re­tary, Eric Phillips, re­sponded, “No prob­lem. We’ll send you the bill.”

Mr. Trump’s so­cial me­dia di­rec­tor, Dan Scavino, fired back, tweet­ing that “you are an em­bar­rass­ment to the @NYCMay­orsOf­fice & the amaz­ing #NYPD.”

Mr. Phillips re­sponded by link­ing to a Wall Street Jour­nal ar­ti­cle on the city’s re­quest for $35 mil­lion to cover NYPD costs of pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity at Trump Tower, where the pres­i­dent-elect lives and works. Mr. Trump has said he will still fre­quently use the Fifth Av­enue tower af­ter tak­ing of­fice, the New York Post re­ported.

“That’s not very nice, Dan. But about that bill… work on it with us?” the mayor’s spokesman wrote.

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