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De Blasio: City won't seek future project funding from Trump

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks at the

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Party of Arkansas Reagan Rockefeller dinner in Hot Springs, Ark. on July 17, 2015. Credit: AP

New York City may be bound by contracts with Donald Trump, but it won't be seeking his financing for projects in the future, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.

The Republican presidential candidate and billionaire businessman has helped several struggling city projects get off the ground, including the $260 million golf course that opened April on the site of a former dump in the Bronx.

De Blasio officials said they are reviewing contracts in light of comments Trump made in his campaign launch speech last month disparaging Mexicans, but they have not detailed what the assessment may entail.

The mayor condemned Trump's more recent remarks attacking Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) experience as a prisoner of war, but admitted there's only so much the city can do when it comes to the current business ties with Trump.

"Unless there has been some breaking of a contract or something that gives us a legal opportunity to act, I'm not sure we have a specific course of action," de Blasio said at an unrelated Brooklyn event. "But we're certainly not looking to do any business with him going forward."

In addition to the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, the organization also manages two ice skating rinks and a carousel in Central Park.

Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks and Trump executive vice president Ronald C. Lieberman could not be reached for comment Monday, but Lieberman earlier this month called the organization's relationship with the city an "incredible success story" and noted the binding nature of the contracts.

City Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan), chair of the council's parks committee, took a stronger stance than de Blasio, launching a "Dump Trump" campaign and petition "demanding that our city immediately end its association with Trump's businesses."

All of Trump's parks concessions include terminate-at-will clauses and the city should use the option to drop his association with parks attractions, Levine's petition read. The councilman called Trump's remarks "racist" and "despicable."

The former reality TV star, in his June 16 presidential campaign launch in Manhattan, said of Mexico, "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists."

Trump also criticized McCain last Saturday in Phoenix.

"He is a war hero because he was captured," Trump said. "I like people that weren't captured, OK?"

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