- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a more oppositional posture toward President Trump during a pair of TV appearances on Tuesday morning.
- “The president basically declared himself King Trump, right?” Cuomo told “Morning Joe” on MSNBC. “And all that annoying federal-state back and forth our founding fathers went through, he just disregarded that … The governors are in charge because the president put them in charge. This is a total 180 from where the president started.”
- Cuomo also said “there is no value” in fellow governors watching Trump’s coronavirus briefings for helpful information.
- The governor, who has remained largely diplomatic in his approach to Trump’s jabs at governors through the pandemic, also went on the offensive during another Tuesday-morning appearance on the “Today” show.
- “We don’t have a king. We have a president,” Cuomo said in defending states’ authority to decide when to lift stay-at-home orders and his newly formed multistate coalition to “reopen” the economy.
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Just a couple days after President Trump said he and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo were “getting along,” the gloves came off Tuesday morning.
Cuomo went on the offensive in a pair of TV appearances, pushing back on Trump’s assertion — contrary to the 10th Amendment — that his “authority is total” in making states roll back their stay-at-home orders to reopen the economy.
“The president basically declared himself King Trump, right?” Cuomo said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“And all that annoying federal-state back and forth our founding fathers went through, he just disregarded that … The governors are in charge because the president put them in charge. This is a total 180 from where the president started.”
Cuomo added on NBC’s “Today” show “We don’t have a king. We have a president.”
—Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) April 14, 2020
This comes on the heels of Cuomo launching a multistate coalition to reopen the economy, a northeast megalopolis consisting of the top economic development official, health official, and each governor’s chief of staff from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Delaware.
A Western States Pact was announced among California, Washington, and Oregon for a similar effort.
However, Cuomo and the other governors were adamant on Monday that they would proceed with caution, following the best medical advice and scientific data before sending more people back to work.
Trump bristled at the notion in a fiery Monday press briefing, and then took a shot across the bow on Twitter Tuesday morning.
—Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2020
“I got it all done for [Cuomo], and everyone else, and now he seems to want Independence!” Trump tweeted. “That won’t happen!”
Cuomo said Trump would cause a “constitutional crisis” by trying to force states to overturn their stay at home orders, and that “if he pushed it to that absurd point, then we would have a problem.”