The Trump Organization filed a lawsuit against New York City on Monday, alleging that it wrongfully terminated its contract to run a Bronx golf course.
How we got here: Mayor de Blasio severed contracts with the former president’s company in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. The contracts allowed the Trump Organization to operate the Central Park Carousel, Wollman and Lasker skating rinks, and Ferry Point Golf Course in the Bronx.
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De Blasio cited the Jan. 6 riot as the reason behind the decision.
“The President incited a rebellion against the United States government that killed five people and threatened to derail the constitutional transfer of power,” the New York City Mayor said at the time. “The City of New York will not be associated with those unforgivable acts in any shape, way or form, and we are immediately taking steps to terminate all Trump Organization contracts.”
The city also pointed to a decision by the PGA of America to cancel a tournament that was set to be held at the New Jersey golf course run by Trump and argued that he would no longer be able to attract prestigious tournaments to the course, as the contract mandates.
The lawsuit specifically takes issue with the city’s decision to end the 566-page contract with the Trump Organization regarding the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, which it has been operating since 2015. It argues that de Blasio had no right to terminate the deal and that nothing in the contract gave him that right.
The contract was due to expire in 2032. The lawsuit argues that the city’s decision would cost the organization $30 million.
What they’re saying: “There can be no dispute that we are not just meeting, but exceeding our obligation to operate a first class, tournament quality daily fee golf course,” the Trump Organization said in a statement.
“The City has no right to terminate our contract. Mayor [Bill] de Blasio’s actions are purely politically motivated, have no legal merit, and are yet another example of the mayor’s efforts to advance his own partisan agenda and interfere with free enterprise,” a Trump Organization official said.
The city’s response: The city claimed that Trump violated the contract, citing the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
“The actions of Mr. Trump to incite a deadly riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6 caused a breach of the Ferry Point contract by eliminating options for hosting championship events, and we will vigorously defend the City’s decision to terminate the contract,” said a spokesperson for the New York City Law Department.
The mayor’s spokesperson blamed the former president as well.
Worth noting: The city has the right to end the deal with the Trump Organization, under terms of the contract, but would have to pay the company for building a clubhouse on the course, according to the Associated Press.