Trump Makes Veiled Legal Threat Against Oakland’s Mayor

Screengrab/Mercury News/YouTube

Trump said his administration is “looking at” Mayor Libby Schaaf for warning residents about an upcoming ICE raid.

President Donald Trump took time during a Cabinet meeting Thursday to criticize Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for her decision last week to warn residents of an impending Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid.

Included in Trump's remarks was what sounded like a veiled threat against Schaaf.

“What the mayor of Oakland did the other day was a disgrace, where they had close to 1,000 people ready to be gotten, ready to be taken off the streets,” Trump said Thursday during a portion of a White House Cabinet meeting that was open to reporters. “And the mayor of Oakland went out — and she went out and warned them all: 'Scatter.'”

“She said, 'Get out of here.' And she's telling that to criminals. And it's certainly something that we're looking at with respect to her individually,” Trump said. “What she did is incredible and very dangerous from the standpoint of ICE and border patrol. Very dangerous. She really made law enforcement much more dangerous than it had to be. So we're looking at that situation very carefully.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions also condemned the mayor's actions this week, saying Wednesday that she had had “needlessly [endangered] the lives of law enforcement.”

The mayor said at the time that she felt it was her “duty and moral obligation” to warn Oakland families about the upcoming ICE sweep. She told the San Francisco Chronicle last week that her warning was intended to “give all residents time to learn their rights and know their legal options.”