Another day, another impeachable offense.
President Donald Trump recently banned New York residents from Global Entry and Trusted Traveler programs in response to a new state law that allowed undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers' licenses.
Trump met on Thursday with New York governor Andrew Cuomo, a staunch critic of the President.
But ahead of the meeting, Trump sent a tweet that seemed to condition the restoration of global entry on New York dropping its lawsuits against him.
I’m seeing Governor Cuomo today at The White House. He must understand that National Security far exceeds politics.… https://t.co/KemVg84sAx— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1581618630.0
A number of investigations into Trump are currently ongoing in New York. A lawsuit in New York resulted in the dissolution of the Trump Organization. Several Trump officials and allies have been arrested in New York for crimes discovered by Robert Mueller's team.
New York's Attorney General Letitia James didn't hesitate to set Trump straight.
When you stop violating the rights and liberties of all New Yorkers, we will stand down. Until then, we have a du… https://t.co/f0OhKIIJjE— NY AG James (@NY AG James) 1581624614.0
Trump's blatant extortion of the state of New York only further confirmed that his recent acquittal by the Republican Senate has emboldened Trump to participate in corruption right in the open.
Trump is publicly admitting that he is holding Global Entry for New Yorkers hostage in exchange for dropping lawsui… https://t.co/bHTEESjeLq— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1581625446.0
Stunning. Trump will stop making it more difficult for New Yorkers to travel IF the New York drops its lawsuits a… https://t.co/rGyglvebVG— Judd Legum (@Judd Legum) 1581619701.0
A bit wild to see it out in the open here. But Trump is conditioning aid to a state based on whether it is pursuing… https://t.co/GEdmtNp0kG— Sam Stein (@Sam Stein) 1581619235.0
Feeling good about your votes, @SenateGOP? You were right, @SenatorCollins. He did learn his lesson that no one w… https://t.co/Ho4oBxqov4— Jennifer Taub (@Jennifer Taub) 1581619856.0
So Ukraine had to start investigations of an opponent and now New York has to drop them of Trump? https://t.co/lCQUheZb3t— Glenn Kessler (@Glenn Kessler) 1581619941.0
This threat is pretty close to the hypotheticals impeachment managers used to explain to Senate Republicans why Tru… https://t.co/UYNROapCRr— Michelle Goldberg (@Michelle Goldberg) 1581623325.0
Make no mistake, this is the President of the United States asking for New York to stop investigating him or his re… https://t.co/CLWaOAWOmO— Ahmed Baba (@Ahmed Baba) 1581621188.0
Holy cow! He appears to be engaging in another quid pro quo right before our eyes. I don't know what to say but HOL… https://t.co/J280JqAAHv— Walter Shaub (@Walter Shaub) 1581623533.0
I mean idk but "drop your lawsuits or I'll keep doing bad things to your state" seems like a pretty clear quid pro… https://t.co/bem3w8yCnh— Jessica Huseman (@Jessica Huseman) 1581623752.0
People were also dismayed to see Trump revive the nickname "Fredo" for Cuomo's brother Chris—after the simp-like character in The Godfather. The CNN anchor erupted at a group of Trump supporters who used the name for him last year, thereby solidifying it as Trump's nickname for him.
Few things guarantee a fruitful conversation like making slurs about someone’s family. #ITMFA https://t.co/XqhHs3rSsq— Jp (@Jp) 1581619668.0
Trump suggests his treatment of New York is related to their lawsuits aimed at his businesses/personal conduct. Th… https://t.co/d9wPibX5b0— Kyle Cheney (@Kyle Cheney) 1581618881.0
Trump seeks to "build" a relationship with the NY governor while name calling his brother. https://t.co/16GB7aacYU— Michael S. Derby (@Michael S. Derby) 1581620482.0
What's more, the Trump administration has said that it needs access to New York's DMV database in order to properly vet New York residents participating in the Global Entry program. Because undocumented immigrants can obtain licenses in New York, concerns have arisen that Trump would use the DMV database to target and deport them.
Cuomo has said he's prepared to give Trump access to the database—but only for residents enrolled in Global Entry.
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