Speaking out against the federal government’s response to the migrant crisis that has left New York City overrun with asylum seekers, Mayor Adams said Tuesday that supporting President Biden won’t stop him from doing so.
He also hinted that he’d keep doing so if the city didn’t get the support it needed.
Adams is one of several surrogates Biden’s campaign staff has selected to speak highly of the president during his likely 2024 reelection campaign.
The mayor has been openly friendly with Biden for the most part, but he has also consistently criticized the federal government’s border policies and its treatment of the thousands of asylum seekers who have poured into the city, primarily from Latin America.
During a separate press conference at City Hall, Adams stated, “I don’t like what they’re doing with asylum seekers.
“I don’t always agree with myself, so I’m not always going to agree with someone else. I believe he is leading the nation in the correct way.
Additional representatives chosen by Team Biden include Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass. ), Govs. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, J.B. Pritzker of Illinois, and Sen. Chris Murphy of New Jersey (D-Conn.).
With the recently higher bond rating the city earned, Adams said he was looking forward to the new job and deduced from his new surrogate status that Biden must approve of his handling of crime and the city’s financial situation.
Adams, a former captain of the NYPD, expressed gratitude to the president for considering New York City and what I’m doing regarding public safety. “I know it’s hard for people to realize, but our bonding was increased because of how I’m handling the budgetary duties of the city.
The president asked me to join his family, and I believe he recognizes something in what I’m doing in New York.