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De Blasio spokesman’s ‘pathetic’ tweet after Trump Tower bomb scare: ‘We’ll send you the bill’

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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.

Mayor de Blasio’s spokesman Eric Phillips fired back a response with a tweet of his own.

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.

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Trump’s communications director, Dan Scavino, blasted Phillips as an “embarrassment” in a tweet.

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.

But the repercussions of Phillips’ tweet were soon evident as others slammed the “disrespect” in his remarks.

“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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