The Trump Organization claims that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio made a politically motivated decision to cancel a contract to operate a golf course in the Bronx.
In a lawsuit filed on Monday, the organization alleges that de Blasio didn’t have the legal right to terminate the contract after he announced that Trump’s “criminal action” by inciting the riot was his provocation to kill the deal.
“Mayor de Blasio’s actions are purely politically motivated, have no legal merit, and are yet another example of the mayor’s efforts to advance his own partisan agenda and interfere with free enterprise,” the company stated.
New York City does have the authority to put the kibosh on the deal at any time, but they would have to reimburse the Trump Organization for their investment costs. The company either wants the millions it put into developing the property back or to be allowed to keep operating the course.
The city has argued that part of the reason they reneged on the contract is because it requires the company to be able to attract prestigious tournaments to the course, and they believe that Trump is no longer capable of fulfilling that commitment after the PGA of America opted to cancel a tournament at his golf course in New Jersey.
But the lawsuit argues the company was only contractually required to maintain “first-class, tournament quality” grounds, but not actually draw the tournaments themselves. Several famous golfers, including Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson certified that the course met the standard requirements.
Though de Blasio claimed he could fire Trump “for cause,” and plans to “vigorously defend” that decision, the lawsuit is seeking upwards of $30 million in damages.