President Donald Trump has ordered the federal government to begin the process of defunding cities that are being run by Democrats. The president feels that the officials have allowed “lawless” protests and cut police budgets as violent crimes have recently arisen according to The New York Post.
Last week, Trump had issued a five-page memo ordering all federal agencies to send reports to the White House Office of Management and Budget that detail funds that can be redirected. He took to Twitter to state that his “administration will do everything in its power to prevent weak mayors and lawless cities from taking Federal dollars.”
My Administration will do everything in its power to prevent weak mayors and lawless cities from taking Federal dollars while they let anarchists harm people, burn buildings, and ruin lives and businesses. We’re putting them on notice today. @RussVought45
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2020
In the memo, he states, “Unfortunately, anarchy has recently beset some of our States and cities. For the past few months, several State and local governments have contributed to the violence and destruction in their jurisdictions by failing to enforce the law, disempowering and significantly defunding their police departments, and refusing to accept offers of Federal law enforcement assistance. As a result of these State and local government policies, persistent and outrageous acts of violence and destruction have continued unabated in many of America’s cities, such as Portland, Seattle, and New York.”
Trump has instructed White House budget director Russ Vought to issue guidance in 30 days from Wednesday “to the heads of agencies on restricting eligibility of or otherwise disfavoring, to the maximum extent permitted by law, anarchist jurisdictions in the receipt of Federal grants.”
“American taxpayers who fund the great programs that our cities rely on deserve to be protected by their local city officials,” Vought told The NY Post.
“We are taking action by exploring all options to ensure federal resources flowing to lawless cities aren’t being squandered. The lack of law and order surrounding these riots, and response from local leadership, is a dereliction of duty. Our men and women in blue cannot be handcuffed by local leadership in their efforts to respond to riots and protect their fellow citizens.”