Texas Mayor: Dems Who Boycotted Meeting With Trump 'Missed an Opportunity'

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"Many mayors of both parties were looking forward to visiting the White House today to speak about infrastructure and other issues of pressing importance to the 82 percent of Americans who call cities home", Landrieu said in a statement announcing the mayors' boycott.

Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, Kentucky, another targeted city, said in statement that before accusations were made, he expected "a basic level" of evidence from the Justice Department, which it did not provide.

Following another round of pressure from the U.S. Department of Justice on so-called "sanctuary" cities, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and mayors from cities across the U.S. have pulled out of an infrastructure meeting with the White House scheduled for January 24.

The 23 jurisdictions that received letters Wednesday include cities in Illinois, New York, California, New Mexico, Washington, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Vermont and Oregon.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan was among four MI mayors set to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday afternoon.

George Fuller, mayor of McKinney, Texas, said on "Fox & Friends" that they gave up a key chance to talk to the president about infrastructure and their communities' needs.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former White House chief of staff under President Barack Obama, suggested that Trump was intentionally using the contentious immigration issue to create a distraction. 'It doesn't make us safer and it violates America's core values'. But let me tell you, the vast majority have shown up.

Other Democratic mayors, like New Orleans' Mitch Landrieu, also declined to attend Wednesday's event at the White House, citing the administration's targeting of sanctuary cities.

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Landrieu, who is among those gathered at the US Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., this week, told reporters that he wouldn't go to the meeting under 'false pretenses, ' according to CNN.

White House spokeswoman Walters denounced the mayors' decisions to "make a political stunt instead of participating in an important discussion with the President and his administration", while the president praised the mayors who did attend. "I will not be attending the meeting", he said at a press conference.

One of de Blasio's constituents, New York Rep. Dan Donovan (R.), was unimpressed with the mayor's actions.

Earlier this month, federal immigration agents raided almost 100 7-Eleven stores around the country targeting undocumented workers, including 16 in the New York City area.

"San Francisco is proud to be a sanctuary city".

The mayors of 17 Georgia cities, including Atlanta, Sandy Springs and Loganville were on hand for various outreach events with Trump administration officials throughout the day. He discussed the plans to unveil the one trillion dollar infrastructure bill after the State of the Union address, and he reemphasized the administration's strong support for local law enforcement.

Mr. Trump has vowed to crack down on sanctuaries, or jurisdictions that thwart cooperation with federal deportation officers, by withholding federal grant money.

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