Governor Andrew Cuomo gets “New York Tough” on President Trump. The governor hit back on the president’s threat on WednesdayMr. Trump says “better have an army” when he wants to walk the streets of his hometown.
“From a New York City perspective, this was the worst president in history,” Cuomo said on a conference call with reporters. He said Mr. Trump “has been actively trying to kill New York City since his election.”
“I think that’s because he’s from New York City and New York City rejected him. Always. He̵
Cuomo’s shocks came in response to an official memo Mr. Trump sent to federal agencies telling them to find ways to deal with what he calls “anarchist jurisdictions” including New York City, Seattle, Portland and Washington , DC, to devalue
“My government will not allow federal tax dollars to fund cities that can turn into lawless zones,” reads the memo accusing these cities of “allowing anarchy, violence and destruction.” The president has made attacks on large democratically run cities a central theme of his re-election campaign.
Cuomo dismissed the idea that Mr. Trump should cut funding for New York City, pointing out that there are legal restrictions on what can be cut. And he suggested that the President think twice before returning to the town he had called home once.
“He can’t go back to New York. He can’t,” said Cuomo. “He’s going to be walking down the street in New York? Forget the bodyguards, he’d better have an army if he thinks he’s going to be walking down the street in New York.”
Cuomo’s senior advisor, Rich Azzopardi, followed up on the comments after they caused a stir on social media and wrote on Twitter, “What (Cuomo) meant, Trump was after everything he did to his now-abandoned hometown Persona non grata.”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio also interfered in the dispute. At a press conference on Thursday, he addressed his remarks to the President, saying, “Your words carry little weight on this matter because the Supreme Court has spoken. The President of the United States cannot interfere in federal funding of cities and only says, Because he feels like it. We have laws in this country, so if you keep trying to deny the funding that’s keeping New York City going in the middle of this crisis, we’ll see you in court. And again, we’ll see you in court beat. “
Mr Trump was born and raised in Queens – just like Cuomo – and spent most of his life in New York City, where he lived in a penthouse in Trump Tower. However, in the 2016 election, Mr Trump only won 19% of the vote in the city as a whole and less than 10% in Manhattan.
The president last yearto Florida, where he has his Mar-a-Lago Resort in Palm Beach.
“The best thing he did for New York City was a vacation,” Cuomo said in his call. “Good break. Let him go to Florida. Be careful you don’t.”. “
The two New Yorkers continued playing on Thursday. Mr Trump tweeted twice about Cuomo’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and made a crack about “puppet New York prosecutors”. New York prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into the President’s affairs and have
Mr Trump, who has praised his own handling of the pandemic despite 186,000 deaths across the country, said Cuomo has “the worst record on death and China virus.”
Cuomo, meanwhile, resisted in his press conference.
“I think the president is basically a tyrant,” he said. “It doesn’t work in New York because you can’t bully New Yorkers. We just aren’t bullied.”