Trump, De Blasio Aides Snipe At Each Other Over Trump Tower Evacuation Bill

AP

Aides to President-elect Donald Trump and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio took potshots at each other Tuesday evening on Twitter over who would foot the bill for emergency responders sent to Trump Tower earlier in the day over a false alarm.

Republican National Committee spokesman and incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted about the “false alarm,” which occurred when Trump Tower was evacuated after a suspicious package, later found to be a backpack full of children’s toys, was found in a public area of the building.

De Blasio’s press secretary, Eric Phillips, then suggested that Spicer and his team foot the bill for the response. That prompted Trump’s social media director, Dan Scavino, to join the fray:

Phillips had linked to a report by the Wall Street Journal on House Republicans’ allocation of $7 million for security at Trump Tower, an amount which de Blasio argues is insufficient.

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