CV NEWS FEED // Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday sharply criticized President Joe Biden for refusing to meet with him to discuss New York’s ongoing migrant crisis during the president’s visit to the city.
“I’m very public. Everybody knows where I am,” Adams told reporters:
President Biden’s coming to the city. I am hoping that he understands this beautiful city that’s the economic engine of the entire country is being saddled with $2 billion that we spent already, $5 billion we’re going to spend in this fiscal crisis, $12 billion in the next two budgetary cycles.
“New York doesn’t deserve this,” Adams added. “The asylum seekers don’t deserve this.”
Adams, a Democrat, has been sharply critical of the president’s handling of the border crisis in recent months.
Adams was once a staunch proponent of mass immigration, but he recently said the migrant crisis “will destroy New York City.”
“Never in my life have I had a problem that I did not see an ending to,” he said. “I don’t see an ending to this.”
FOX News reported on the apparent rift between the two Democrats:
Adams, who once dubbed himself the “Biden of Brooklyn,” said he has not spoken to the president since earlier this year on the migrant crisis or any other issue. After the mayor criticized Biden more harshly in May, Adams was removed from Biden’s re-election team, yet Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul remains a member of the presidential campaign’s team of surrogates.
Biden visited New York City in order to attend the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, which he addressed Tuesday.
During the UN meeting, Adams spoke with the leaders of Sweden and Sierra Leone, as well as the mayor of Seoul, South Korea, and officials from Pakistan. Despite this, he did not meet with the leader of his own country and the odds-on favorite to be his party’s nominee in next year’s presidential election.