New York City to end Trump contracts over riot

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New York City will terminate the contracts that allow the Trump Organization to manage several attractions, following last week's violent rampage at the US Capitol, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.

The announcement comes as a growing number of businesses, lawmakers and groups move to distance themselves from the outgoing president over the deadly mob attack.

The Trump Organization runs a golf course in the Bronx, two ice-skating rinks, and a carousel in Central Park under agreements with the New York City government.

De Blasio, a Democrat, said the city government would find new vendors to run the facilities, which would remain open to the public.

"New York City doesn't do business with insurrectionists," he tweeted.

"We're taking steps to terminate agreements with the Trump Organization to operate the Central Park Carousel, Wollman and Lasker skating rinks, and the Ferry Point Golf Course."

The Trump Organization has more than $17 million worth of contracts with New York City, de Blasio said.

Trump was a New York businessman on the rise when his company took over the management of the rinks from the city in the 1980s.

His license to run them were up for renewal this year.

Eric Trump, one of the president's sons who has helped run the Trump Organization since their father left New York for the White House, said the city had "no legal right to end" the contracts.

"This is nothing more than political discrimination, an attempt to infringe on the first amendment and we plan to fight vigorously," he said in a statement carried by NBC.

De Blasio told MSNBC that he was confident the city would win any legal challenge.

"If a company or leadership of a company is engaged in criminal activity we have the right to sever the contract," de Blasio said.

"Inciting an insurrection against the US government clearly constitutes a criminal activity."

His comments came as the Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives opened a session that is expected to see Trump impeached for a historic second time.

Deutsche Bank, Trump's primary lender for two decades, will cease its longstanding relationship with Trump, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Shopify has shut down e-commerce pages selling his items and payment platform Stripe says it will no longer handle transactions from Trump's campaign.

The PGA of America has pulled the 2022 PGA Championship from the Trump National at Bedminster course in New Jersey.

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