New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had some international business to attend to in Germany and no, he is not meeting with world leaders at G-20 next to President Trump, quite the opposite, in fact.
According to the New York Times, de Blasio joined protest events in Hamburg, particularly to serve as the keynote speaker for the “Hamburg Shows Attitude” event.
The trip was confirmed by his spokesman Eric F. Phillips on Twitter:
Of course, de Blasio left just a day after the high-profile murder of NYPD police officer, Miosotis Familia, who was gunned down in cold blood in an assassination-style killing. The mayor finalized his plan when it became apparent that the funeral would not be this weekend.
De Blasio will also not be present for the swearing-in ceremony for 524 new NYPD recruits.
Many New Yorkers have taken to Twitter to show their outrage towards the mayor's sudden absence from the city during a very tense moment.
High profile characters such as Donald Trump Jr. and politician Nicole Malliotakis slammed de Blasio very publically:
Ed Mullins, the head of NYPD sergeants union, told Fox News:
“As the city mourns, its leader flees. And then he wonders why he has a problem with the police. A real leader stays with the city in this time of hardship.”
De Blasio appears to be playing up his progressive politics by very publically standing opposite President Trump at the incredibly important G-20 summit.
The next mayoral race takes place on November 7. De Blasio will likely be facing a tough reelection race.