“Trump-tied Ballard Partners cut ties with its Government of the District of Columbia client” due to the escalating feud between Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and the president, reports O’Dwyer’s, which added that “tension rose following the deployment of active-duty US troops to the DC area in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protest.

“Bowser, who has marched with the demonstrators, on June 7 called the deployment an “invasion” and demanded the withdrawal of the troops.

“She also had “Black Lives Matter” painted on two blocks leading to the White House.

“Trump attacked the mayor on Twitter May 30, saying she is “always looking for money and help” and falsely charged that Bowser withheld DC police from demonstration.

“The president on June 7 said he ordered the National Guard to withdraw from DC now that “everything is under perfect control.”  This followed criticism from retired generals about Trump’s militarizing the response to the protests.”

Ballard Partners describes itself as a firm that “specializes in all aspects of governmental and public affairs”.  According the the firm’s website, Brian D. Ballard, President, of the firm “was an integral player in the President’s successful Florida campaign serving as Chairman of Trump Victory and leading the campaign’s finance efforts in Florida. Brian also had the honor of serving a as a member of the Electoral College casting his vote for President Trump. The President-elect appointed Brian to serve as Vice Chairman of the Inaugural Committee and as a member of the Presidential Transition Finance Committee. Recognizing his formidable fundraising and political skills, the Republican National Committee has tapped Brian to serve as the Finance Vice Chair to help build resources for key national races.”

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