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Ocasio-Cortez blasts Trump as 'corrupt' for blocking Global Entry for New Yorkers


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezFormer HUD secretary criticizes Bloomberg on housing policy Overnight Energy: Panel gives chairman power to subpoena Interior | House passes bill to protect wilderness | House Republicans propose carbon capture bill | Ocasio-Cortez introduces bill to ban fracking Ocasio-Cortez blasts Bloomberg on stop and frisk: ‘People’s lives were ruined’ MORE (D-N.Y.) criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden assures supporters the primary is still ‘wide open’ in lengthy phone call: report Warren: We are watching a descent into authoritarianism Collins: Trump ‘angered by impeachment’ MORE for his decision to block New York state from the Global Entry program, calling it “corrupt, illegal, and authoritarian.”

Ocasio-Cortez responded to a tweet from the president said he was meeting with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to discuss the move, and warning that the state “must stop all of its unnecessary lawsuits & harassment, start cleaning itself up, and lowering taxes.”

Ocasio-Cortez said Trump is extorting the state to lawsuits against his administration and family. 

“Trump is publicly admitting that he is holding Global Entry for New Yorkers hostage in exchange for dropping lawsuits against him and his family’s lawbreaking behavior,” she tweeted.

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security said it would block New Yorkers from enrolling in trusted traveler programs that allow them to bypass long security and customs lines at airports after the state passed a law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

DHS cited security concerns as their initial reason for blocking the state from the trusted travelers program. 

The administration’s move is seen by some as part of a series of decisions a newly emboldened Trump has made after being acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial.

In her tweet, Ocasio-Cortez pointed to Republican Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiBarr ensnared in Roger Stone firestorm Overnight Defense: Trump urges Senate to reject Iran war powers resolution | Top Republican says military shouldn’t discipline Vindman | Esper makes change to Africa forces Trump denies political interference in Stone case MORE (Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCollins: Trump ‘angered by impeachment’ Barr ensnared in Roger Stone firestorm Overnight Defense: Trump urges Senate to reject Iran war powers resolution | Top Republican says military shouldn’t discipline Vindman | Esper makes change to Africa forces MORE (Maine), two moderates who voted to acquit president Trump on impeachment charges last week. 

“Hope Collins and Murkowski are proud of their vote,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

Walter ShaubWalter Michael ShaubEx-White House ethics chief rips reversal on Stone sentencing Bolton should testify, but that won’t change the verdict — here’s what could Pence lands in controversy with stay at Trump hotel MORE, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, praised Ocasio-Cortez for her comments.

“First member of Congress to speak out. Where are the others? Where is the media? This is Ukraine all over again,” he tweeted.



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