New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had some pointed remarks for rival Republican President Donald Trump on Sunday. The Democratic leader took aim on “Meet The Press” and he thumped Trump.
When asked if a second surge was preventable Cuomo replied, “First, I don’t think this is a second surge. We’re worried about a second wave. I think we’re still in the first wave. And this is a continuation of the first wave. And it was a failed effort to stop the first wave in the country. And as you pointed out, New York is in a totally different place. Look, if you listen to what the secretary said, if you listen to what the president says, what they said at the White House briefing, they’re saying what they said three months ago. They’re basically in denial about the problem. They don’t want to tell the American people the truth. And they don’t want to have any federal response except supporting the states…”
He continued, “…supporting the states. So I heard that and I understood where they were. I didn’t need to torture the rhetoric. I knew what they were saying, “You’re on your own.” You know? And it’s not a good feeling, but it’s sort of liberating. So in New York we just handled it totally differently, Chuck. We handled it on our own, communication clear, as you mentioned, every day. And then we came up with a plan and did the testing and did the isolation. And that makes a difference.”
Plus he added, “This is a virus. It doesn’t respond to politics. You can’t tweet at it. You have to treat it.” And expressed, “everybody talked about the economic consequence and the president said we should reopen and that’s going to help the economy. It turned out to be exactly wrong. But there’s also a social consequence.”
Confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S. are rising, and the death toll has topped 125,000, leading some states, such as Texas and Florida, to roll back some of the measures they’ve taken to reopen their economies.
Is Cuomo right or just playing more politics?