The mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, said he is skeptical that the federal government would cover the cost of trying Sept. 11 suspects in a Manhattan courtroom, reports The Associated Press.
Yesterday, President Obama said he had not ruled out holding the trial in New York City. In recent weeks, the administration’s decision to try the alleged 9/11 conspirators in federal court in New York City has drawn growing criticism.
Bloomberg told the AP on Monday that he wants the Obama administration to guarantee it will help pay for added security the city would have to provide for the trial of professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged accomplices.
According to AP, the mayor said he is skeptical “because a lot of times the federal government promises to pay and then the monies don’t come.”
“So, I’d like some assurance because the taxpayers in New York City are certainly strapped,” he said.
Two weeks ago, Bloomberg announced he was opposed to holding the trials in New York City, citing the expense of security.
The president told CBS News on Sunday, “I have not ruled it out, but I think it’s important for us to take into account the practical, logistical issues involved. I mean, if you have a city that is saying no, and a police department that is saying no, and a mayor that is saying no; that makes it difficult.”