A spokesman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio came under fire after he traded barbs with members of President-elect Donald Trump’s team on social media.
Incoming White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, tweeted on Tuesday that it was “back to work at Trump Tower after a false alarm” caused an evacuation following the discovery of a suspicious package.
Back to work here at Trump Tower after a false alarm. Thanks NYPD
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) December 27, 2016
Mayor de Blasio’s spokesman Eric Phillips fired back a response with a tweet of his own.
No problem. We’ll send you the bill. https://t.co/mxbUqzgHds
— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) December 27, 2016
The city has been footing a large part of the bill for security at the Fifth Avenue building where Trump lives. The mayor has asked the federal government to step up and help cover the costs of protecting the president-elect whenever he is in New York City.
Trump’s communications director, Dan Scavino, blasted Phillips as an “embarrassment” in a tweet.
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) December 28, 2016
Phillips shot back, citing a a Wall Street Journal story on New York City’s request for $35 million to cover the security cost at the Tower.
— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) December 28, 2016
But the repercussions of Phillips’ tweet were soon evident as others slammed the “disrespect” in his remarks.
— Red Nation New Year (@oklegacy) December 28, 2016
— Annie Kouri (@AEKouri) December 28, 2016
@EricFPhillips What a shitty attitude you have there sir.
— Philip Bennett (@philipebennett) December 28, 2016
“It’s just pathetic. It’s just sad,” Willie Geist, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” said on Wednesday. “That we’ve reached that point where there’s a bomb scare in the lobby and you Tweet something cute about it.”
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