Trump tweets about plan for BLM mural in front of his Tower

NEW YORK (AP) — United States (US) President Donald Trump has taken issue with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ in giant letters on the street in front of Trump’s namesake Manhattan tower.

Trump tweeted on Thursday that de Blasio “wants to paint the fabled and beautiful Fifth Avenue, right in front of Trump Tower/Tiffany, with a big yellow Black Lives Matter sign”.

But that has not in fact been a common chant at protests in New York or elsewhere since the death of George Floyd one month ago in Minneapolis.

City Hall officials announced on Wednesday that the ‘Black Lives Matter’ rallying cry would be painted in bold letters on the street in front of the President’s midtown skyscraper.

“The President is a disgrace to the values we cherish in New York City,” de Blasio spokesperson Julia Arredondo said. “He can’t run or deny the reality we are facing, and any time he wants to set foot in the place he claims is his hometown, he should be reminded Black Lives Matter.”

Arredondo said work will start in the coming week on the mural in front of Trump Tower, which was not on the city’s original list of locations.