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NYC reviewing Trump contracts after remarks

NYC officials are reviewing the city's contracts with Donald Trump; mayor calls his remarks 'disgusting and offensive'

New York City officials are reviewing the city's contracts with Donald Trump after statements the GOP presidential hopeful made about Mexican immigrants.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that the review is currently ongoing. The probe follows controversial statements Trump made at his presidential kickoff event last week.

During the event, Trump said immigrants from Mexico are "bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists, and some, I assume, are good people." He also said there should be a wall along the southern border of the United States. 

"Donald Trump's remarks were disgusting and offensive, and this hateful language has no place in our city," de Blasio said in a statement Wednesday.

De Blasio's spokeswoman did not provide any further details about the review.

Trump's comments drew condemnation from the Mexican government and companies, including Ora TV, which is controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, have been cutting ties to the real estate mogul since he made the comments.

The Trump Organization currently operates several city concessions, including a golf course, ice skating rink and carousel.

The Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point Park opened in April in the Bronx and the Trump Organization has a 20-year concession agreement to operate the facility.

Representatives for Trump did not respond Wednesday to an email seeking comment on the city's review.

Also on Wednesday, Macy’s Inc. said it would phase-out his menswear collection, which it has carried since 2004. Trump’s fragrance will no longer be sold at the store, according to WWD.

"In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy's values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump," the company said.

Trump fired back, saying “Macy’s choked under pressure,” according to WWD. “I hate chokers.”

Trump said in a statement it was his decision to end ties with Macy's "because of the pressure being put on them by outside sources." He said he was not happy that his products were being made in China.

In a Twitter post, Trump told followers, "Those who believe in tight border security, stopping illegal immigration & SMART trade deals w/other countries should boycott @Macys."

Macy’s followed other corporations that have cut ties with Trump over the past few days. NBC said it would no longer broadcast the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, which have been conducted in a partnership between Trump and the network. Televisa in Mexico said it would not air the Miss Universe pageant.

Trump branded merchandise is also sold by a number of online retailers, including eBay and Amazon.com. Representatives from both companies declined to comment on Wednesday.

Al Jazeera with wire services

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