Former Comptroller Bill Thompson (D) on Monday conceded the Democratic nomination for New York City mayor to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D) at a unity rally at City Hall with Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). Thompson endorsed de Blasio’s candidacy, saying: “I am proud to stand here today and support Bill de Blasio to be the next mayor of the City of New York.”
Thompson “called the vote-counting process ‘a disgrace.’ But he had concluded, those close to him said, that even if he were to qualify for a runoff against Mr. de Blasio, his chances of victory in the runoff were slim.” (New York Times)
Thompson’s decision sets up a general match-up between de Blasio and former MTA chairman Joe Lhota (R). The early conclusion of the Democratic primary drama could actually be good news for Lhota: NYC business leaders and other potential supporters who are turned off by de Blasio’s policies might be able to rally around the Republican earlier than they would’ve had the Democratic race gone to a runoff.
FRENEMIES?: New York Post‘s Dicker writes: De Blasio and Cuomo “are on a collision course certain to explode next year — over taxes, class warfare, charter schools, and Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital — if de Blasio is elected mayor, insiders agree.”
CLINTON’S PITCHING IN?: De Blasio on Friday told supporters at a rally that Bill and Hillary Clinton both called to congratulate him and offer their support. De Blasio: “They both offered congratulations. They both offered extraordinary helpful advice. And we left it at that. Anything in the future has to be worked out in the future. There’s no specific ideas beyond that.” (Politicker)
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"North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean after President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the reclusive country, with leader Kim Jong Un promising to make Trump pay dearly for his threats. Kim did not specify what action he would take against the United States or Trump, whom he called a 'mentally deranged U.S. dotard' in the latest bout of insults the two leaders have traded in recent weeks."
President Trump this afternoon announced another round of sanctions on North Korea, calling the regime "a continuing threat." The executive order, which Trump relayed to Congress, bans any ship or plane that has visited North Korea from visiting the United States within 180 days. The order also authorizes sanctions on any financial institution doing business with North Korea, and permits the secretaries of State and the Treasury to sanction any person involved in trading with North Korea, operating a port there, or involved in a variety of industries there.
In response to a reporter's question, President Trump said "he’ll be looking to impose further financial penalties on North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic tests. ... The U.N. has passed two resolutions recently aimed at squeezing the North Korean economy by cutting off oil, labor and exports to the nation." Meanwhile, the Guardian reports that South Korea's unification ministry is sending an $8m aid package aimed at infants and pregnant women in North Korea. The "humanitarian gesture [is] at odds with calls by Japan and the US for unwavering economic and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang."
President Trump on Tuesday night met with UN Secretary Guterres and President of the General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak. In both cases, as per releases from the White House, Trump pressed them on the need to reform the UN bureaucracy.