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The Latest: Trump and de Blasio already trading insults

By The Associated Press
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NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joining the Democratic presidential race (all times local):

9 a.m.

Within an hour of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joining the Democratic presidential race, he and President Donald Trump were already trading barbs.

During a Thursday morning appearance on "Good Morning America," de Blasio borrowed one of Trump's favorite tactics by giving the president a disparaging nickname: Con Don.

"He's a con artist. I know his tricks I know his playbook," the mayor said.

Trump tweeted that de Blasio is "considered the worst mayor in the U.S."

The president added, "but if you like high taxes & crime, he's your man. NYC HATES HIM!"

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7:30 a.m.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says he is running for president.

The Democrat announced his bid with a video released by his campaign early Thursday morning.

In announcing his candidacy, de Blasio is seeking to claim a role on the national stage that has eluded him as mayor of the biggest U.S. city.

The 58-year-old could face obstacles in distinguishing himself in a field crowded with left-leaning Democrats.

He also faces skepticism at home. A recent poll found 76% of New Yorkers say they believe he shouldn't run.

De Blasio has shrugged off bad polls, saying he believes his message of fighting financial inequality will resonate with everyday Americans.

On the campaign trail, he'll be able to cite accomplishments such as expanding full-day prekindergarten citywide.

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