War of words between Mayor de Blasio, President Trump

Left Frank Apergis Right Harold Kahn

Left Frank Apergis Right Harold Kahn

"Por qué? Like, what's up?"

"But he's a friend", she added, drawing more laughs.

Asked about her excitement level at the idea of his White House bid, James playfully didn't respond at first in front of a Brooklyn audience. "There's plenty of money in this world".

"You'll understand it's going to take a little bit of time to formulate the formal proposals", de Blasio said.

De Blasio's constituents have not appeared excited about the prospect of their mayor running for president. "'Nah, '" read one recent New York Times headline summing up the city's reaction to his possible candidacy.

"Who hasn't told Bill de Blasio that he shouldn't run for president?" asked New York Magazine.

"It's all about working people", de Blasio declared outside the POET Biorefining Ethanol Facility.

De Blasio has already visited early-voting states, including Iowa and New Hampshire.

President Donald Trump also went out of his way to personally slam the mayor's presidential bid taking to Twitter right before he announced and then shooting a video on Air Force One where he criticized de Blasio's decision.

"Every New Yorker knows he's a con artist".

De Blasio has not attended a Groundhog Day Ceremony on the Island since.

The mayor went on to roast Trump - firing off a series of barbs.

The mayor should have a head start on the plans as he served as a regional U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development director under former President Bill Clinton. "He is a JOKE, but if you like high taxes & crime, he's your man. NYC HATES HIM!"

A liberal Democrat, the 57-year-old de Blasio is serving his second four-year term as mayor of the country's biggest city and will be prevented by term limits from running again in 2021.

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