Mayor Bill de Blasio and President-elect Donald Trump Talked, Will Force Themselves to Meet at Some Point

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Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed to protect New York City from President-elect Donald Trump, but he will, at least, sit down with the “racist con man.” De Blasio told NY1 that he and the man who once called him “the single worst mayor in the history of New York City” and “a maniac” had a “brief” conversation on Monday. “We agreed to get together,” the mayor said. “It was a respectful conversation with an acknowledgement that we have very different views.”

When asked if the two had brought up their past name-calling, de Blasio said they had not. “In a brief initial phone call my job is to be respectful and to seek a dialogue,” he explained. “In an actual sit-down, that has to be a blunter conversation.”

De Blasio didn’t say when the two would force themselves in a room together, but promised that he would stay “resolute in protecting the people of the city” by continuing to oppose potential Trump policies, such as stop-and-frisk and the deportation of peaceful citizens. “I have to let him know obviously the concerns of New Yorkers, the fear a lot of people feel.”

“And,” he added, “I have to seek clarification about how he’s going to treat his home city.” Which is hopefully the part where they discuss if New Yorkers will ever get Fifth Avenue back.