The visit’s purpose was to understand the human rights concerns related to operations of private militias, as well as private military and private security contractors.
Janaury 25, 2018 - Politico examines Mayor Bill de Blasio's public boycott of a White House meeting this past week, and the consequences of his stance against President Trump. The article says it is not clear how the city will handle expected budget cuts from Washington, and what will happen to construction of an important rail tunnel under the Hudson if funds are not available.
Professor Peter Markowitz comments in the article on whether he thinks de Blasio should be meeting with Trump about immigration.
"The president seems motivated to use immigration to divide communities and rile his base by activating kid of the worst instincts in people," Markowitz said. "That said, that doesn't mean that in all circumstances we shouldn't try to have a conversation. I am pessimistic but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't try."