In his first direct comments about Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf since she warned of impending ICE raids last month, President Donald Trump on Thursday called her a “disgrace.”
“What the mayor of Oakland did the other day was a disgrace,” Trump said during a White House meeting. “They had close to 1,000 people ready to be gotten, ready to be taken off the streets … they say 85 percent of them are criminals and had criminal records. And the mayor of Oakland went out and warned them, scattered, so instead of taking in a thousand they took in a fraction of that.”
Trump doubled down on ICE Director Thomas Homan’s earlier criticism that Schaaf’s warning of imminent ICE activity tipped off criminals, leading to more than 800 avoiding arrest. In the end, a four-day sweep led to more than 200 arrests in Northern California.
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“They were all set, this was long in the planning and she said get out of here and she’s telling that to criminals,” Trump said. “And it’s certainly something we are looking at with respect to her individually. What she did is incredible and very dangerous from the standpoint of ICE and border patrol. Very dangerous. She really made law enforcement much more dangerous than it had to be. So we are looking at that situation very carefully.”
POTUS calls Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf “a disgrace” after she warned the City of Oakland of upcoming ICE raids. https://t.co/naIo5YxaTf
— KPIX 5 (@CBSSF) March 8, 2018
Trump also spoke about sanctuary cities, like Oakland.
“Sanctuary cities, we’re working very hard, the justice department has done a fantastic job,” Trump said. “I do think we should have legislation where we put an extra line in the money that we give them. You want the money, you can’t have the sanctuary cities that way we avoid the court battles all the time, which we probably will win but who needs it.
“They want the money they should give up on the sanctuary cities. It harbors horrible criminals.”
The mayor did not immediately respond to Trump’s attack, but has repeatedly defended her actions in the past.
Shortly after Trump’s comments Thursday, she tweeted out a statement from the United States Conference of Mayors opposed to the Trump administration lawsuit challenging California’s three sanctuary laws.
— Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) March 8, 2018
“It is unfortunate that the Attorney General continues to ignore both the Constitution and policing practices that have made our cities safer,” said Tom Cochran, CEO and executive director of the group. “Public safety is our No. 1 priority and we are committed, in conjunction with local law enforcement, to ensuring that all criminals, regardless of their immigration status, are properly adjudicated by the criminal justice system.”
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