GOP mayoral candidate Fernando Mateo meets with Trump

GOP mayoral candidate Fernando Mateo met with former President Donald Trump on Wednesday — and says the ex-commander-in-chief doesn’t recognize his hometown anymore.

“This isn’t the city he knows,” Mateo told The Post.

The restaurateur and bodega worker advocate revealed during his WPIX/Channel 7 primary debate with rival Curtis Sliwa Wednesday that he had sat down with Trump earlier in the day.

“Trump is hurt by what is happening to the city. He has compassion for New York and New Yorkers,” Mateo said, as he touted his endorsement from former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Flynn is not a New Yorker and his backing of Mateo raises the specter that Trump, a Big Apple native, might get involved in the race on Mateo’s behalf.

Fernando Mateo (right) received the backing of Michael Flynn.
Fernando Mateo (right) received the backing of Michael Flynn.
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Questioned by the Post about whether he’d asked for Trump’s endorsement, Mateo said only, “you may soon hear something.”

The sit-down, which was confirmed by an independent source, took place at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey and lasted under an hour.

“He seems very calm, collected,” Mateo said about the former president.

But Trump is saddened by “the crime, the defunding of the police the bail reform, all of the things that the democrats have done to put us in this position where people totally feel unsafe where people are scared to ride the subways,” Mateo told the Post.

Former president Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Orlando.
Former President Trump met Fernando Mateo at his golf club in New Jersey.
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The mayoral hopeful said he was “tickled pink” by their meeting, which made him realize that “we need to take this city back.”

“And as the only real Republican in this race I’m the only one that can do it,” Mateo said.

Additional reporting by Tamar Lapin

Metro | New York Post

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