Gov. Andrew Cuomo embarked on a 20-minute stemwinder during his press briefing Friday, hitting back on a series of presidential tweets accusing him of overreacting to the coronavirus pandemic.
“If you want to point fingers — we built more beds than we needed — our only mistake was believing your numbers, believing your projections,” Cuomo said, suggesting Trump use his reality TV catchphrase “You’re fired” to can CDC and coronavirus task force officials for botching their own projections.
“Whose projections were wrong? Head of the CDC, Peter Navarro and head of the White House coronavirus task force. Fire them all. That’s what I say. Fire them,” Cuomo said. “You know that show the president did?”
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“All he’s doing is walking in front of the parade, but he has nothing to do with the timing of the parade,” said Cuomo, who added that Trump loves talking about big businesses and airlines getting bailed out, but state governments still need funding.
“We’ll show gratitude,” Cuomo said, “How many times do you want me to say thank you? And I’m saying thank you for doing your job. This was your role as president.”
“You want me to say thank you? Thank you for doing your job,” he said. “Thank you for participating in a modicum of federal responsibility in a national crisis, which you know is a national crisis because he declared a federal emergency. So thank you for having the federal government participate in a federal emergency.”
Later on, Cuomo also opened fire on President Trump for his plan to reopen the country, pointing out, “It was always up to the states. What, are you going to grant me what the Constitution gave me before you were born? It’s called the 10th Amendment.”
“I didn’t need the President of the United States to tell me that I’m governor and I didn’t need the President of the United States to tell me the powers of a state. People did that. Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison. They are the ones who gave me the power, and I don’t need the president of the United States to read the Constitution for me,” he concluded. “Maybe he should have read the Constitution before he said he had the power to open the states.”
In extended fiery remarks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo responds to attack from Donald Trump: “First of all, If he’s sitting home watching TV, maybe he should get up and go to work, right?”
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