De Blasio: NYC terminating contracts with Trump Organization after Capitol siege

Wollman Ice Rink in Central Park
The Trump organization runs two rinks in Central Park. Photo credit Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – New York City is ending its contracts with the Trump Organization in the wake of the Capitol siege, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.

“The City of New York is severing all contracts with the Trump Organization,” de Blasio said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“Our legal team has done an assessment, and the contracts make very clear if a company and the leadership of that company is engaged in criminal activity, we have the right to severe the contract,” de Blasio said.

“Inciting an insurrection—let’s be clear, I’m going to say these words again—inciting an insurrection against the United States government clearly constitutes criminal activity,” the mayor added.

The Trump Organization is under contract with the city to operate two ice rinks and a carousel in Central Park. It also operates the city-owned Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx.

De Blasio said the Trump Organization profits about $17 million a year from those sites.

The Trump Organization issued a statement saying the city has “no legal right” to terminate the contracts, slamming the move as “political discrimination.”

“If they elect to proceed, they will owe the Trump Organization over $30 million,” a spokesperson said.

De Blasio said during his briefing that the city does have the legal right to act and "will prevail."

"We do not do business with criminals, period," de Blasio said. "We have the right to terminate contracts, obviously, if a criminal act has been committed, and a criminal act has been committed. So, goodbye to the Trump Organization. We're not doing any business with you."

Trump Organization NYC
Photo credit NYC Mayor's Office

Other organizations have been cutting business ties with the president, including Signature Bank and Deutsche Bank.

The PGA of America also voted to cancel plans to hold the 2022 PGA Championship at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.