Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley on Monday reinforced the city’s position of being a sanctuary city, something U.S. Sen. Rob Portman was unaware of, he said Tuesday afternoon in a press call with Ohio reporters.
Cranley was flanked by dozens of regional community leaders in Cincinnati City Hall on Monday afternoon when he proclaimed that the Queen City “has been for years, and will remain, a sanctuary city.”
When asked his thoughts on the city proclaiming to be a sanctuary city — just days after President Donald Trump said federal funding could be at risk for such cities — Portman, a Cincinnati Republican, said he “was not aware of that.”
“It would be strange to me that Cincinnati would choose to become a sanctuary city after the administration says that funding would be reduced or cut if a city does that,” said Portman. “It seems that it would have the opposite effect of what was intended, I guess.”
The press conference Monday was on the heels of Trump’s executive order to place a temporary travel ban on seven countries — which are a majority Muslim — for 90 days, which prompted Portman over the weekend to say that order “was not properly vetted.”
Portman told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that “we ought to all take a deep breath and come up with something that makes sense for our national security.”
Cranley and Hamilton County Commission President Todd Portune said they don’t believe Trump has legal standing to withhold federal funds from a local government proclaiming they are a sanctuary city.
Portune said during Monday’s press conference, “I like to believe that we are still a nation of laws. We certainly at the local level are going to enforce the laws.”