New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has exhibited a strange duality in his public response to the coronavirus crisis in his state with regard to President Donald Trump and the federal response to the same crisis — praising the assistance received on some days while harshly criticizing the response on others.
On Friday, Cuomo used his press briefing to suggest the federal government had delivered no aid to the state. But Trump fired right back on Twitter, pointing out that New York has been given “far more money, help and equipment than any other state.”
Trump calls out Cuomo
During Gov. Cuomo’s press briefing on Friday, the governor reportedly claimed at one point that his state had received “zero, zilch, nada in unrestricted aid” from the federal government, the Washington Examiner reported.
Trump was either keeping an eye on the briefing or was immediately informed of what had been said, as he quickly took to social media to register his retort in a pair of tweets while the governor was still speaking.
“Governor Cuomo should spend more time ‘doing’ and less time ‘complaining’. Get out there and get the job done. Stop talking!” Trump tweeted.
“We built you thousands of hospital beds that you didn’t need or use, gave large numbers of Ventilators that you should have had, and helped you with … testing that you should be doing.”
“We have given New York far more money, help and equipment than any other state, by far, & these great men & women who did the job never hear you say thanks. Your numbers are not good. Less talk and more action!” Trump added.
….testing that you should be doing. We have given New York far more money, help and equipment than any other state, by far, & these great men & women who did the job never hear you say thanks. Your numbers are not good. Less talk and more action!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2020
Cuomo continues to complain
Gov. Cuomo is apparently oblivious to reality, or simply refuses to accept it, as he continued to complain, saying, “The state should this, the state should this, the state should this. Yes. Well, what support have you given the states? None. I mean, how can that even be? How is it even plausible as a strategy? It doesn’t work.”
“We need financial resources to stabilize the states because when you starve the state governments, you know, I still eat. Dr. Zucker still eats, but we can’t fund schools, we can’t fund hospitals, we can’t fund small business, we can’t fund all these extraordinary efforts we’re undertaking. It makes no sense,” he added.
No, what “makes no sense” is that Cuomo seems intent on ignoring the assistance that has already been supplied to his state by the federal government while falsely asserting that he’s received no help, even as he begs for more.
Trump was absolutely correct to call him out.
The president dealt a parting blow, tweeting, “Cuomo ridiculously wanted ’40 thousand Ventilators’. We gave him a small fraction of that number, and it was plenty. State should have had them in stockpile!”