May 28, 2024

New York City Mayor Eric Adams Criticizes Trump’s Rhetoric and Congressional Hearing, Talks Robot Dogs and Rat Czar on CNN’s “CNN This Morning”

Mayor Eric Adams attends the Queens St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 4, 2023. Credit: Violet Mendelsund/Mayoral Photo Office
Mayor Eric Adams attends the Queens St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 4, 2023. Credit: Violet Mendelsund/Mayoral Photo Office

New York City Mayor Eric Adams appeared on CNN’s “CNN This Morning” to discuss a range of topics, including the recent deposition of former President Donald Trump in a civil case brought by the New York State attorney general and his children. Mayor Adams said the former president’s rhetoric against Black district attorneys and attorneys general was typical and that he expected them to remain focused on their cases despite the distraction.

The mayor also criticized a field hearing that House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan is leading on Monday, claiming that it was nothing more than an in-kind donation to the Trump campaign. He said that New York City was trending in the right direction in terms of crime and that crime was higher in Jordan’s district per capita.

Regarding the recent unveiling of three new robots, including a robotic dog, that the NYPD will use to ensure New Yorkers’ safety, Mayor Adams said that they would be used only in extremely dangerous situations, such as building collapses and armed suspects. He added that New York City was still a terrorist threat and that he would search the entire globe for technology that would keep New Yorkers safe.

Mayor Adams also talked about the appointment of a “rat czar” to coordinate efforts to eradicate rodents in the city. He said that rodents impact people’s health, quality of life, and mental psyche, and that the new rat czar would bring together various departments that had been operating in silos to work together. He praised the 10-year-old girl who had petitioned to get rid of rodents on her block, saying that she was ready to take it to the big leagues of New York City.

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