Morning Greatness: New York City Swipes $1B from Police Budget

Good Wednesday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president has lunch with the Secretary of State

Whoohoo! NYC slashed $1 Billion from police budget!

Wow. Stay away from NYC, if you aren’t already, because they are blowing up their police force. On Tuesday, the New York City Council voted on a budget change that would move $1 billion from the police to “programs that assist in youth and community development.”

The City Council said in a statement that the city’s 2021 budget will include $837 million in cuts and transfers to the New York Police Department (NYPD) expense budget, which removes $1 billion from the NYPD’s spending when combined with associated costs.

Some were disappointed with the paltry sum. “Defunding police means defunding police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math,” she said. One Twitter user wrote, “This is like putting the NYPD budget in Groucho Marx glasses and calling it a day.”

So what’s the big worry? New York City Council Minority Whip Joseph Borelli pointed out that there were “72 shootings last week alone, and not one shot by [a] NYPD officer.” But if the residents of NYC want a crippled police force and are cool with this level of gun violence and crime, let them have it. Good luck, dummies!

“We must always have safety and we will in this city, but we are also going to amplify both safety and fairness by reaching our young people more deeply than ever before,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said speaking from a press conference Tuesday. “And that’s what this budget is all about.”

What about safety and fairness for crime victims? Anyone, Anyone?

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Kayleigh McEnany responds to the repeated leaks printed in the corporate media tabloids

At a press conference on Tuesday, Press Secretary Kaleigh McEnany made the following statement:

Hello, everyone.  The front page of the New York Times is not the venue for discussing classified information.  The White House podium is not the venue for discussing classified information.  We are here today, having this discussion, because of an irresponsible, anonymous leak to the New York Times.  There is no good scenario as a result of this New York Times report.

Who’s going to want to cooperate with the United States intelligence community, who’s going to want to be a source or an asset, if they know that their identity could be disclosed?  Which allies will want to share information with us if they know that some rogue intelligence officer can go splash that information on the front page of a major U.S. newspaper?

Specifically, there are two bad scenarios that emerge from this report: Number one, this report makes it more difficult to come to a consensus on this matter, to verify intelligence.  And number two, this level of controversy and discord plays directly into the hands of Russia and, unfortunately, serves their interests.

Since before President Trump assumed office, damaging and oftentimes erroneous leaks seeking to undermine or delegitimize the duly elected president have been published.  According to the DOJ, classified leaks surged in this administration.  There were, under President Obama, just 39, on average, criminal leak referrals.  In this administration, we’ve seen 100 criminal leak referrals to the DOJ in 2017, 88 in 2018, and 104 on average per year.

We have seen targeted leaks of classified information against this President, and it is irresponsible: phone calls with foreign leaders, meetings with government officials, and now reports of alleged intelligence.  Make no mistake: This damages our ability, as a nation, to collect intelligence.

As the National Security Council noted just yesterday, “To those government officials who betray the trust of the people of the United States by leaking classified information, your actions endanger our national security.”

The ODNI said, “The selective leaking of any classified information disrupts the vital interagency work to collect, assess, and mitigate threats, and places our forces at risk.  It is also, simply put, a crime.”

And finally, the CIA said this: that “Leaks compromise and disrupt the critical interagency work to collect, assess, and ascribe culpability.”

To the anonymous sources who leak classified information, you should know this: You may seek to undermine our President, but in fact, you undermine our country’s safety and our country’s security.

And with that, I’ll take questions.

I’d like to add here a great point that Mollie Hemingway makes: “Iran reportedly offered the Taliban $1,000 bounties in 2010 for American soldiers’ deaths in Afghanistan. Not only was no action taken by President Obama at the time, six years later, he authorized the payment of $1.7 billion to the regime.”

It’s almost as if there is a double standard.

LULZ. Biden says he may request classified briefing on alleged Russian bounties

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China discovers new swine flu with pandemic potential
Harvard drops policy against single-sex clubs after lawsuit
California bill would shield health officer addresses as death threats rise
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Mississippi drops Confederate-themed flag with new bill
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ car hits BLM protester who ‘intentionally’ blocked it: report
Armed St. Louis homeowner speaks out: ‘When I saw that mob … I thought that we would be overrun in a second’
YouTube suspends monetization on Shane Dawson’s channels indefinitely after his apology for racist actions
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Robert E. Lee’s descendant says taking down Confederate symbols a ‘no-brainer’

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!

About Liz Sheld

Liz Sheld is the senior news editor at American Greatness. She is a veteran political strategist and pollster who has worked on campaigns and public interest affairs. Liz has written at Breitbart and The Federalist, as well as at PJ Media, where she wrote "The Morning Briefing." In her spare time, she shoots sporting clays and watches documentaries.

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