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NYPD's James O’Neill says Trump budget would hurt terrorism fight

It took President Trump all of six months to forget about never forgetting 9/11.

The native New Yorker’s proposed federal budget would cripple the NYPD’s ability to protect the nation’s No. 1 terror target by slashing $ 190 million in Homeland Security funding for the Big Apple.

Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill unloaded on Trump over his plan to put the city’s 8.4 million residents in harm’s way.

“Let me be clear: New York City is in the crosshairs of the president’s budget,” de Blasio tweeted Thursday. “I want to ask President Trump to come back to New York City and talk to the people hurt by his budget.”

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Since 2002, the city was targeted by more than 20 terror plots — the most recent just last year, when an attacker radicalized during visits to Afghanistan set off a bomb in Chelsea, cops said. The blast injured 32 people.

Twenty of those plots were foiled by city law enforcement — including planned terror attacks on the Brooklyn Bridge, the city subways, Times Square and the Federal Reserve Bank.

“Nearly all federal funding to the NYPD would be eradicated,” said Police Commissioner James O'Neill.

“Nearly all federal funding to the NYPD would be eradicated,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill.

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“This funding is absolutely critical,” O’Neill said. “It is the backbone of our entire counterterrorism apparatus. It is the cornerstone of preparedness and prevention against terrorist threats, and enables us to do what we can do to keep the city secure.”

The city’s top cop also blasted the budget proposal on Twitter.

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“Under @POTUS budget, virtually all fed funding to #NYPD eradicated. Entire counterterrorism apparatus in nation’s top terror target hobbled.”

The President noted last year, after visiting Ground Zero on the 15th anniversary of 9/11, that the nation and the world needed to remember the terrorist carnage that left nearly 3,000 Americans dead.

“Today, we mourn for all the lives lost,” said Trump, who was in his Trump Tower home when terrorists slammed two hijacked planes into the World Trade Center. “We will never forget.”

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President Trump’s proposed budget would slash funding for the NYPD.

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Something to remember: The city spends $ 100,000 a day to protect Trump Tower when the President is out of Manhattan, and an estimated $ 300,000 per day when Trump is back in his Fifth Ave. residence. Officials say the city paid $ 24 million during the presidential transition and has only been reimbursed $ 7 million.

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The NYPD posts close to 200 officers in and around the ritzy residence during the presidential visits.

The proposed Trump budget unveiled Thursday does call for $ 2.6 billion on the Mexican border wall, and $ 1.5 billion to locate and deport immigrants living illegally in the U.S.

The federal funding goes directly to the NYPD for use in a variety of ways: Its network of thousands of public and private security cameras, radiological and chemical protection equipment, training dogs, intelligence analysis, and the department’s bomb squad. About 1,500 officers are deployed full-time to counterterrorism efforts.

Republican Rep. Peter King tweeted that he would oppose any effort to cut the city’s security funding.

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Members of the NYPD stand at the front doors of Trump Tower on Jan. 11. The city pays an estimated $ 300,000 a day to guard the building when Trump is staying there. 

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“Any reduction to NY & LI is dead on arrival,” King vowed.

Previous administrations, both Republicans and Democrats, had “long acknowledged that to cut this funding would make us increasingly less safe,” said O’Neill.

The commissioner and de Blasio earlier this year predicted New York’s status as a sanctuary city would cost the city untold millions of dollars in federal aid.

Trump signed an executive order after taking office two months ago to slash all federal funding to cities — like his hometown — that fail to arrest or detain immigrants living illegally in the U.S.

Both the mayor and the police commissioner subsequently promised to stand their ground against the White House crackdown.

De Blasio said only immigrants arrested for weapons charges or violent crimes would be surrendered to federal authorities for deportation. Lesser offenses, he said, would be handled locally.

According to O’Neill, the preliminary Trump budget outline would cut state and local grant funding under Homeland security by nearly $ 700 million nationwide — including the money typically sent to the nation’s largest city.

“The commissioner laid out a number of the pieces that allow the NYPD to be very present, very visible, ready, well-trained,” the mayor said.

De Blasio griped that Trump’s proposal was at odds with his oft-repeated public stance about protecting America’s borders.

“The President has made such a big point of talking about security, while simultaneously putting a cut in his budget of two-thirds of a billion dollars being removed from Homeland Security,” he said. “I don’t understand that logic one bit. We’re the No. 1 target in this country, the No. 1 terror target.”

The commissioner said the NYPD would do everything in its power before wondering if it could do enough without the missing millions in funding.

“We’re a resilient organization,” O’Neill said. “Whatever we need to do to keep New York City safe, we’ll do that. But this is a tremendous amount of money, and we need every penny of it to keep New Yorkers safe.”

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