Trump mocks plan for seawall around NYC, suggests New Yorkers 'get your mops and buckets ready!'

Adam Warner
January 19, 2020 - 1:09 pm
Donald Trump and Sandy Hook, New Jersey

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – President Donald Trump took to Twitter to slam a plan for a $119 billion seawall protecting New York City from flooding.

It’s one of the ideas put forth by the Army Corps of Engineers to help stop the kind of destruction seen during Sandy and from sea-level rise caused global warming. The New York Times outlined the idea in a story published Friday.

The wall would go from Sandy Hook, New Jersey, to the Rockaways in Queens.

Trump tweeted Saturday that the sea wall “built around New York to protect it from rare storms is a costly, foolish and environmentally unfriendly idea.”

“Probably won’t work anyway,” he added.

Trump suggested New Yorkers get their “mops and buckets ready” should another big storm move in on the city.

Mayor Bill de Blasio took to Twitter to slam Trump after the tweet, specifically honing in on his “mops and buckets” line.

“We lost 44 of our neighbors in Hurricane Sandy. You should know, you lived here at the time,” de Blasio wrote. “Your climate denial isn’t just dangerous to those you’ve sworn to protect — it’s deadly.”

 A resident of Staten Island named Don told 1010 WINS that he was forced out of his home for six months after Sandy in 2012. He supports a seawall.

“For us, we need that,” Don said. “To say it’s never going to happen again, you never know. You have to be prepared in case.”

Gina, also from Staten Island, agreed. She called Trump a “creep” and said the time to prepare is now.

“We’ve got to get ready for the future,” she said. “Global warming and everything. Things are happening.”

The seawall is one of a number of ideas from the Army Corps of Engineers, which will make a final recommendation in two years at the earliest.