NEW YORK — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and President Donald Trump held a press conference Tuesday afternoon in the city to discuss the killing of President John F. Kennedy.
De Blasio is holding the event for the first time since the assassination of the president on Nov. 22.
Trump has remained tight-lipped on the assassination, which he has claimed was a conspiracy to discredit him and his administration.
“The president has been a very active participant in the investigation of the assassination,” said de Blasio in the press conference.
“He did not call me on it, and he is now very careful about what he says.
I do know he was not at the scene of the shooting.”
Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A man wearing a mask with a Trump-supplied rifle and wearing a T-shirt that read “President Trump” stands on a street in Washington, D.C., U.S., December 19, 2021.
A man wearing the mask and shirt stands on the street in the Capitol Building, where Trump is scheduled to speak at a press briefing later today.
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Trump said he was surprised by the news and said it had nothing to do with the events of the past few days.
“I don’t know how you could even come up with this.
It’s ridiculous,” Trump said.
“I think it’s just an absolute joke.”
The president said that after he learned about the assassination he had called de Blasio, who is the head of the New York Police Department.
“They’re working very hard on this and I called them and they said, ‘The president is very interested in your involvement,’ ” Trump said in the interview.
Trump added that he was “very disappointed” by the way the press was covering the shooting and said the country is in a state of “terrible turmoil.”
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