The new president is turning campaign rhetoric into action and that’s making America’s urban leaders nervous.
By BRENT GRIFFITHS
President Trump is making America’s mayors really nervous.
That’s the takeaway from a new Politico Magazine survey of city leaders who, ever since Election Day, have been frantically trying to figure out what the arrival of a Trump administration means for them and their constituents. What’s got the nation’s urban executives so worried? Start with the new president’s threat to repeal Obamacare. Three-quarters of the predominantly Democratic mayors who responded to the survey say it would be “a complete disaster” for their cities. How about affordable housing? Nearly two-thirds consider it a priority in their cities, but they don’t think Trump’s pick for head of Housing and Urban Development is up to the job. Education? Mayors are almost unanimous in their support for universal pre-kindergarten, but they haven’t heard a peep out of the Trump administration on a subject they say is vital to creating a 21st century workforce. Even where the mayors and the 45th president find some common ground, such as their mutual desire for major investment in infrastructure, the mayors expressed conspicuous doubt that the political newcomer will deliver on his ambitious promises.
And all that angst and skepticism came before President Trump took a shot at cities with his “American carnage” line in the inaugural speech, vowed to cut federal funding to sanctuary cities and possibly “send in the feds” to Chicago if the city couldn’t get a handle on its violent crime.
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