De Blasio Joins California Gov. In Defying The President, Goes To Germany To Protest Trump
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) will be the second Democrat defying Donald Trump in Germany. The New York City Mayor will be a keynote speaker on Saturday at a protest against Trump.
The protest is set to take place in Hamburg, where Trump and other world leaders have convened for the annual Group of 20 summit.
According to Bloomberg, de Blasio will speak at an event run by the organization Hamburg Shows Attitude.
“We’re glad to confirm: @NYCMayor on stage on Saturday on our rally for human rights & democracy as keynote speaker,” the organization tweeted Thursday.
— HamburgZeigtHaltung (@HHzeigtHaltung) July 6, 2017
An organization representative spoke with Bloomberg and confirmed that they will be paying for de Blasio’s trip. “It’s worth it to not just hear the voice of President Trump in Germany these days.”
“The mayor will be sharing New York and American values with an international audience that we worry only sees and hears from our president,” Eric Phillips, de Blasio’s press secretary, told Bloomberg.
“It’s important that American leaders confront head-on, locally and around the world, the damaging rhetoric and policy stances of the Trump administration,” he said.
De Blasio will be meeting up with local officials at a Hamburg town hall on Friday prior to the protest this Saturday.
De Blasio was one of the U.S. officials to defy Trump and pledged to continue the paris climate agreement despite the president’s decision to withdraw from the accord.