Trump floats pulling federal money from ‘anarchist’ cities

Source: Politico | September 2, 2020 | Matthew Choi

He takes aim at places that he said are not letting police enforce laws.

President Donald Trump ordered a review of cities’ treatment of law enforcement Wednesday, potentially holding back federal funds if the administration finds a jurisdiction “disempowers” or “defunds” its police department.

In a memorandum released Wednesday, Trump directed the White House Office of Management and Budget to issue guidance for federal agencies on curtailing funds to areas the memo calls “anarchist jurisdictions” within the next 30 days. The memo also directs Attorney General William Barr to publish on the Department of Justice website a list of jurisdictions that have “permitted violence and the destruction of property.” Federal agencies will also receive guidance on reporting on federal funds they distribute to several Democrat-led cities.

The memo specifically calls out Seattle; Portland, Ore.; New York; and Washington, D.C., for investigation.

“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,” Trump tweeted Wednesday night, tagging Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought.

The New York Post first reported the memo.

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