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Politics Cuomo: 'Donald Trump caused the COVID outbreak in New York, that is a fact'

21:06  08 september  2020
21:06  08 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he had a "productive" meeting with President Donald Trump Tuesday at the White House where the two discussed coronavirus testing.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Tuesday that President Trump "caused the COVID[-19] outbreak in New York" by not announcing a European travel ban sooner.

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The New York governor criticized Trump and the federal government for not providing funding to New York City and New York state governments to deal with the aftermath from the coronavirus pandemic during a press briefing Tuesday. And he alleged the administration, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), caused the pandemic in his state.

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Andrew Cuomo said he spoke with President Donald Trump on Monday about keeping temporary health-care facilities in New York running in case "We're now talking about the possibility of a second wave of the Covid virus or Covid combining with regular flu season in September, which could be

Andrew Cuomo 's matter-of- fact and slightly scolding demeanor from an epicenter of the pandemic was a stark New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at a COVID -19 NEW YORK (AP) — Before President Donald Trump stepped into the White House briefing room to

"Donald Trump caused the COVID outbreak in New York," Cuomo said. "That is a fact. It's a fact that he admitted, and the CDC admitted, and Fauci admitted."

Cuomo slammed Trump for calling the virus the "Chinese virus" and not declaring the European travel ban in time, saying, "They missed it." The governor also labeled Trump's CDC, National Institutes of Health and Department of Homeland Security as "incompetent."

"The virus killed many more Americans than anything you were worried about on the southern border," he said. "This nation loses more people per day to covid than any nation on the globe."

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Mr. Trump confirmed reports that his intelligence briefings cited the virus even as he argued that it had not Mr. Trump was referring to his decision on Jan. 30 to limit travel from China, where the outbreak had Andrew M. Cuomo said New York would join in a consortium of seven neighboring states to

Cuomo 's criticism came as White House officials made clear that President Donald Trump plans to sign " That is a drop in the bucket" compared with what New Yorkers need, he said. "Compounding this inequity is the fact that New York State contributes more to the federal government than New York has become the epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak . More than 30,000 COVID -19 cases

"You know who did that? Donald Trump's incompetence," he added. "And now, they won't provide federal funding to help repair the damage from the ambush they created."

New York state experienced a surge in confirmed coronavirus cases starting in mid-March, resulting in thousands of deaths. Since the beginning of the pandemic, New York state has confirmed 440,021 positive cases and 25,361 fatalities, while the city has documented 231,824 cases and 19,090 confirmed deaths.

White House spokesperson Judd Deere said in a statement that Cuomo "seems paranoid."

"Every time New York and New York City has needed something, President Trump has delivered," he said. "The only people trying to harm New York City are the liberal politicians and their failed big government policies."

Trump instituted travel restrictions on those coming from China in February and those coming from Europe in mid-March. The first COVID-19 case was confirmed in New York state on March 1.

Trump has repeatedly hit Cuomo for the governor's criticisms of the president's coronavirus response. His campaign released video clips showing the governor praising the Trump administration for its response after Cuomo spoke at the Democratic National Convention.

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