Mayor de Blasio won’t meet with Eric Trump to accept his ‘thanks’

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Shant Shahrigian, New York Daily News
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Mayor de Blasio declined to take Eric Trump up on his suggestion of thanking the mayor in person for letting the Trump Organization operate Central Park’s ice skating rinks for the rest of the season.

“That meeting won’t be happening,” de Blasio said with a laugh Monday on NY1. “I don’t know if it’s sarcastic or not, but it sure is academic because I am not meeting with him or any member of that family after what they did to this country.”

He was reacting to a Sunday night tweet from the disgraced former president’s son stating in part: “Mr. Mayor - Thank You for keeping Wollman and Lasker Rinks open … I look forward to saying ‘thanks’ in person.”

De Blasio also said the city had been overly hasty in ordering the Trump Organization-run rinks to close by the end of the weekend, a move he reversed on Sunday night.

“I always wanted to make sure we kept ice skating available for kids and families throughout the season,” he said. “There should have been a different approach, honestly, to make sure that was done.

“If there had been an alternative in place, this date might have been fine,” the mayor added.

Ex-President Donald Trump’s incitement of the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol prompted the city to end contracts with the Trump Organization to run the rinks and carousel at Central Park, along with a golf course in the Bronx. Three out of four of the contracts had been set to expire in April, Politico reported, and the rinks will stay open until then.