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GOP candidate for Mayor Fernando Mateo meets with Trump

GOP mayoral candidate Fernando Mateo met with former President Donald Trump on Thursday — 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.

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.

Read the full story by the New York Post here.