Trump backs Los Angeles’ Olympics bid

Despite not getting the desired votes from Los Angeles during the United States Presidential election, President-elect Donald Trump says he will support the city’s 2024 Olympic bid.

Trump gave the assurance in a phone call to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday.

Garcetti spokeswoman Connie Llanos said Trump spoke on the phone with the mayor in their first exchange since the November 8 election.

Besides talking about the Olympic bid, Llanos said the pair “had a productive conversation about ways to expand infrastructure investments and opportunities in communities across America.”

Llanos’ statement did not provide details about the tone of the call, how long the two men spoke, or what Trump said about immigration.

However, she said the mayor “stressed the important role that immigrants and immigration reform will play in L.A.’s and the nation’s long-term success.”

los-angelesThe phone call came as the country’s big-city mayors, mostly representing heavily Democratic cities, are reaching out to Trump.

Trump’s representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the phone call.

It would be recalled that Garcetti supported fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton during the presidential race and had slammed Trump as a “racist” and a “bigot.”

He also questioned during the race whether a Trump presidency would hurt L.A.’s chances at securing the 2024 Olympics.

Reince Priebus, Trump’s choice for White House chief of staff, told CNN on Sunday that the Trump administration will explore cutting off federal money to so-called sanctuary cities, which has raised questions about whether Los Angeles will be targeted by the incoming president.

L.A. County is home to the more than 1 million of the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

LA Times

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