Cuomo Calls Trump’s Political Game-Playing During Coronavirus Crisis ‘Anti-American’
President Donald Trump and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have not been on the best of terms with one another during the coronavirus crisis. But while Trump attempted to attack Cuomo politically on Monday, the governor took a different route.
Noting that Cuomo’s approval rating had skyrocketed with voters in his home state, Trump attempted to take credit for it himself on Monday morning, during an interview on “Fox & Friends.”
“One of the reasons his numbers are high on handling it is because of the federal government,” Trump said. “Because we give him ships, and we give him ventilators, and we give him all of the things that we’re giving him…one of the reasons he’s successful is because we’ve helped make him successful.”
Cuomo, speaking later in the day, expressed a desire to keep out of the politics of the leaders’ respective responses to COVID-19. While doing so, however, he did insert a subtle jab at Trump, suggesting his comments were inappropriate.
“I’m not going to engage in politics, not because I’m unwilling to tangle, but because I think it’s inappropriate, and I think it’s counter-productive, and I think it’s anti-American,” Cuomo said.
Earlier today, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo accused President Trump of politicizing the pandemic, adding that he would not engage in politics — an act he said was "counterproductive" and "anti-American" — in a time of national crisis https://t.co/MGPVtrj6FH pic.twitter.com/KeoK7Me0LL
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“Forget the politics. We have a national crisis,” the New York governor added. “We are at war. There is no politics. There is red, white and blue.”
Trump’s political digs at Cuomo could be seen as somewhat hypocritical, as it was the president in late February who felt others were being too politics-centric.
Trump at that time claimed that news organizations were “doing everything they can to instill fear in people” and that Democrats were “trying to gain political favor by saying a lot of untruths” about his lackadaisical approach to coronavirus in February.
“They’re politicizing it,” Trump said at a rally last month, calling criticisms of his handling the disease “their new hoax.”
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