Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday that US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was wrong to say that the bankruptcy agreement with the Amazon would release $ 3 billion for repair the city subway and hire more teachers.
In an appearance on "Meet the Press" on NBC, de Blasio agreed when host Chuck Todd said the tax breaks offered to Amazon were not "money you had here." it was happening there.
"Okay," said Blasio.
He added, "And the $ 3 billion that would be reinvested in the tax incentives did not appear until after we got the jobs and got the income.
Todd added, "There is not 3 billion dollars of money -"
"There is no money, that's right," Blasio said.
The exchange took place after Todd had suggested that there was a "factual gap" that prevented Ocasio-Cortez (D-The Bronx) from understanding "how this deal worked".
He also played a video clip that showed him reacting to Amazon's cancellation of plans to build an office complex in Long Island City.
"If we were willing to give $ 3 billion for this deal, we could invest that $ 3 billion in our district ourselves, if we wanted to. We could hire more teachers. We can repair our subways. We can make a lot of people work for that money, if we wanted to, "said Ocasio-Cortez at the time.
His remarks prompted President Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., to tweet: "Will anyone want to explain how it is possible for NYC to spend $ 3 billion in tax relief? It's madness.
Several conservative websites have also proliferated, criticizing Ocasio-Cortez for its "silly pretense" and claiming that it "should resume the basics of computation."