A day after a cop was killed in Queens in a tragic case of friendly fire, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office announced Wednesday he was postponing a planned trip to New Hampshire to test the presidential waters.
City Hall spokesman Eric Phillips attributed the postponement to Tuesday night’s line-of-duty death of NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen. The detective was killed by a stray bullet fired by fellow cops at a robber who was pointing what turned out to be a fake gun.
Phillips, however, said the mayor still plans to speak at Harvard University on Thursday night “in his official capacity.”
When he was running for a second term in 2017, de Blasio pledged to serve a full four years.
But he has since said he is not ruling out a run for the White House in 2020 because “the world has changed.”