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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Statement from Congressman Dan Donovan on Democratic Mayors Refusing to Meet with President Trump

January 24, 2018
Press Release

“After Senate Democrats shut down the government, prioritizing an unrelated issue over paychecks for our troops, Democratic mayors are now refusing to even speak to the President on another unrelated issue: infrastructure.

“Democratic Mayors were scheduled to meet with the President today to discuss badly-needed infrastructure investments, but they pulled out after the Department of Justice sent them a letter about sanctuary cities.

“Firstly, enforcing the law of the land is the executive branch’s Constitutional duty – it’s not ‘racist,’ as some have said.

“Secondly, I don’t think it’s the right strategy to refuse to even meet with the President on a topic of such importance because of an unrelated matter. I’m sure I’ll get a request down the road to help the City of New York secure federal assistance, and these unproductive antics don’t make my job any easier.”

-- Congressman Dan Donovan serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He represents Staten Island and South Brooklyn in the U.S. House of Representatives.