NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio ‘hires Trump border wall contractors to build coronavirus field hospitals’ – The Sun

THE company selected by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to construct the city's emergency coronavirus hospitals also holds a federal contract to build part of President Trump's Mexican border wall.

De Blasio has previously dubbed the border wall project "racist" and "inhumane," but that did not stop the mayor from selection SLSCO Ltd. for the New York project, Bloomberg reported.

The emergency hospitals will be constructed at the National Tennis Center in Queens, as well as a cruise ship terminal in Brooklyn.

The cruise terminal, in Red Hook, will be a 1,000-bed pop-up, while the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the site of the U.S. Open, will be converted into a 350-bed facility.

SLSCO Ltd., from Galveston, Texas, has extensive experience in fast-tracking disaster relief, according to reports.

The company was awarded the $789 million border wall replacement contract last year, which covers a stretch south of Santa Teresa, New Mexico, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the company was also hired to construct a $287 million border wall project in California, in 2018.

The company's website claims it has experience in dealing with emergency sheltering and disaster responses.

According to Bloomberg's report, New York City's contract with SLSCO is worth $250 million, with the city expecting reimbursement from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency.

De Blasio was quoted as recently as March 18 commenting his disapproval of Trump's border wall idea, telling Today Show interviewer Savannah Guthrie: “There are American military officers right now still building a wall at the southern border when all they should be doing domestically is addressing coronavirus.”

Freddi Goldstein, de Blasio’s press secretary, told Bloomberg: “We have one focus: saving the lives of New Yorkers. If you’re interested in helping us do that, we’re interested in doing business with you. These facilities combined will provide care to more than 1,000 New Yorkers.”

On Tuesday, the number of reported coronavirus cases across New York State topped 75,000, with the death roll reaching 1,550.

Meanwhile, New York City has tallied 40,900 cases and 932 fatalities, according to City Hall statistics released Tuesday morning.

New York has been the epicenter of the disease in the U.S., with both de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo calling on President Trump for support.

The apex of cases in New York is still not expected to be reached for another 14 to 30 days, depending on the Mosel.

To date, more than 205,000 New Yorkers have been tested for the virus.

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