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Trump Organization Sues New York City For Alleged Wrongful Termination Of Contracts

Jun. 22 2021, Published 9:48 a.m. ET

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Former President Donald Trump's company sued New York City on Monday, June 21, for allegedly wrongfully terminating contracts the Trump Organization had with the city.

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"The City has no right to terminate our contract," the Trump Organization said in a statement. "Mayor [Bill] de Blasio's actions are purely politically motivated, have no legal merit, and are yet another example of the mayor's efforts to advance his own partisan agenda and interfere with free enterprise."

This comes after de Blasio previously announced that he was seeking to terminate contracts with the company in the wake of the January 6 insurgence at the Capitol.

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"We are not going to do business with a criminal organization," he said at the time.

The Trump Organization has contracts to operate Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in Throgs Neck, as well as contracts for two ice rinks and a carousel in Central Park, which the company reportedly pocketed $17 million per year from, ABC reported.

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In the lawsuit, the organization claimed that the 556-page contract does not give the right to terminate the deal in light of the events that unraveled at the Capitol. The company demanded that the city either pays millions of dollars to buy it out of the contract or allow it to continue.

"There can be no dispute that we are not just meeting, but exceeding our obligation to operate a first class, tournament quality daily fee golf course," the Trump Organization said.

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According to a spokesperson from the city's Law Department, it "properly followed the termination process" in the contract.

"The actions of Mr. Trump to incite a deadly riot at the Capitol on January 6th caused a breach of the Ferry Point contract by eliminating options for hosting championship events and we will vigorously defend the City's decision to terminate the contract," the spokesperson said, according to Fox News.

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"Donald Trump directly incited a deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol," mayoral press secretary Bill Neidhardt told Fox. "You do that, and you lose the privilege of doing business with the City of New York. It's as simple as that."

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"The President incited a rebellion against the United States government that killed five people and threatened to derail the constitutional transfer of power," de Blasio said in January. "The City of New York will not be associated with those unforgivable acts in any shape, way or form, and we are immediately taking steps to terminate all Trump Organization contracts."

According to ABC, the contract for the city-owned golf course at Ferry Point wasn't due to expire until 2032. Other contracts expiring this year were not said to have been renewed.

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Following the demonstrations at the Capitol, Trump himself was booted off of social media platforms, including Twitter. Facebook recently confirmed that Trump's suspension would be active until after the 2022 midterm elections.

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