Trump: Amazon’s Departure Is ‘Big Loss’ For New York City

February 22, 2019 - 4:53 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — President Donald Trump on Friday said Amazon’s departure was a “big loss” for New York City.

The president made his comments from the Oval Office after reporters asked him to comment on Amazon’s decision to pull out of a deal to bring a second headquarters to Long Island City.

“If you look at the deal, the deal was not a great deal from the standpoint of— they could've made a better deal than that, a much better deal but, still I think it's a loss for New York City.”

On the $3 billion in tax incentives that the company was supposed to receive, the president clarified saying the money would not be in the form of a check, but rather a form of tax breaks that they would see over a long period of time.  

“They were going to take in a lot of jobs, they were going to take in a lot of taxes so I think it's a big loss for New York City, it's the kind of thinking that our country's going to on the left, on the radical left, but ultimately it's not good for jobs and it's not good for the economy,” Trump said.

Earlier Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo also reacted to the Amazon news once again, blasting fellow state Democrats for putting pressure on Amazon, ultimately causing the online retail giant to back out of the deal completely.

During an interview on public radio station WAMC, he called the internet retailer's rejection the “greatest tragedy” he has seen in his tenure.

State Democrats in the Senate hold much, if not all the blame, according to Gov. Cuomo. He particularly has singled out Sen. Michael Gianaris, who represents Long Island City and became one of the most vocal opponents of Amazon’s headquarters.

The agreement was set to bring 25,000 jobs to the neighborhood, with the potential to expand to 40,000 over the next two decades.

Though, Gianaris and other local leaders, including U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and city councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, strongly opposed the $3 billion in state and city tax incentives the company stood to receive for reaching its job creation goals.

Amazon called off its plans to build a headquarters in Queens on Feb. 14, citing the growing opposition from local lawmakers, residents and union leaders.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who help negotiate the deal, has said it’s time for New Yorkers to move on from the debacle. He is also refusing to put any blame on Ocasio-Cortez. Asked about it on WNYC, he answered, "I'm not a pundit."