Mayor Harp boycotts Trump speech due to immigration policies

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven Mayor Toni Harp says she boycotted the speech by President Donald Trump to the U.S. Conference of Mayors because of his administration’s immigration policies.

Mayor Harp’s decision to skip the event came after the Justice Department sent letters to mayors in 23 so-called “sanctuary cities,” threatening subpoenas unless the cities turned over documents proving cooperation with the immigration policies.

New Haven was not one of the cities that received such a letter, but Mayor Harp decided to take a stand and join some of them in boycotting the event.

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In his speech, it appears President Trump is about to compliment the New Haven mayor, until he realized that she wasn’t in the room.

“…Friends of mine for a long time. Toni Harp, where’s Toni Harp? Toni? Uh oh,” remarked President Trump. “Can’t be a sanctuary city person, I know. That’s not possible, is it?”

The president went on to talk about what he sees as the dangers of sanctuary cities before finishing with a shot at those boycotting the event.

“My administration is committed to protecting innocent Americans and the mayors who choose to boycott this event have put the needs of criminal, illegal immigrants over law-abiding Americans. But let me tell you, the vast majority have shown up. The vast majority,” President Trump said.

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News 8 reached out to the mayor in Washington, D.C. and at her office in New Haven for a statement, but they chose not to respond to the president’s comments.

Governor Dannel Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman did issue a statement, with the governor stating the following:

It’s disturbing but not surprising that President Trump – just so he could spread dishonest and hateful rhetoric against immigrants – decided to attack a strong leader who stood up to his backwards policies. I am proud to stand with Mayor Harp.”

Senator Richard Blumenthal, who has been called out himself a few times by the president, said, “For reasons that seem incomprehensible, the AG and the Trump Administration seems bent on denouncing responsible mayors like Toni Harp or governors and I’m, in a way, disillusioned.”

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