New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has taken another swipe at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
At a press conference with Bratton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Friday, a reporter asked if it was true that Donald Trump had asked to appear at a roll call for the New York Police Department in the wake of the Dallas shooting. Five officers were killed and another seven were wounded in the attack Thursday night during a peaceful protest. Two civilians were also injured.
Bratton said it was his understanding that Trump had requested to make the appearance and Bratton said no.
“Our interest is staying out of the politics of the moment, and not to provide photo ops,” Bratton said. “If Mr. Trump wants to speak to me, I would be happy to brief him on what we’re doing. If Sen. Clinton wants to speak to me, I would very happy to brief her on what we’re doing. But we are not in the business of providing photo ops for our candidates.”
Bratton said Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had also reached out and asked to be set up on a call “to be briefed on what’s going on here in New York.”
Bratton has been critical of Trump before, most recently in June when he said it was “ironic” that some NYPD officers assigned to a security detail at Trump Tower are Muslim, given Trump’s proposed ban on letting Muslims into the U.S.