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Americans have certainly seen some odd things occur during the coronavirus pandemic — political nemeses actually coming together for a change, cats and dogs playing together, etc.
But few may have thought they’d see disagreement between the hard-left Cuomo brothers, New York governor Andrew and CNN hack Chris ‘Fredo,’ but it has happened.
During an interview on his brother’s program Wednesday, the governor fact-checked an incorrect assertion the host made about President Donald Trump, the Washington Examiner reported.
The younger brother asked the governor how there could still be a lack of progress in battling the coronavirus pandemic despite his having several “good meetings” with the president.
That led to we’re calling “The Cuomo Correction.”
“You keep talking to the federal government about what you need to reopen. You keep saying you have good meetings, so does he, and then you don’t have what you need to reopen. How is this progress?” Fredo asked.
“I don’t know that, that your assertion is factually accurate. I don’t keep meeting with the federal government. And I don’t keep meeting with the president. We had one meeting. And it was a good meeting. It was a productive meeting,” the governor responded.
He then told the CNN host that he believed his Tuesday meeting with the president was successful because both honed in on the next steps that would be needed on the state and federal level.
“The president’s point that the states should take the lead on testing is right. I have 300 labs in my state, OK? I regulate those labs,” Gov. Cuomo said. “They’re basically private labs, but I regulate them. I should determine how many tests we need, where we can do them, et cetera.
“But the labs have to get the supplies from these national manufacturing companies that they bought the machines from,” he continued. “And each machine has its own chemicals and its own testing kit, et cetera. Those national manufacturers say they can’t get enough test kits, so my labs don’t have the supplies. That is a job that the federal government should do.”
While Fredo Cuomo has blasted Trump at every opportunity — like many of his cohorts at the little-watched network — Gov. Cuomo has praised the president before.
As the Washington Examiner reported March 25, the governor also praised Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a top White House aid.
Very different tone from Cuomo today. He says Trump and his team are using the Defense Production Act "well" as a leverage tool to ramp up medical supply production.
— Nick Reisman (@NickReisman) March 25, 2020
The news site added:
While the two still tussle over some issues, associates said that the two native New Yorkers have decided to set aside their political differences to curb the infection and death rate.
Bill White, who privately gives advice to both men, said that the president “is the best guy in your corner when you are respectful to him. You don’t have to kiss his ass. Just be a respectful human being with him, and you will have a great relationship with him. He can work with anyone on anything, even though he might not agree with you on most of the stuff that comes out of your mouth.”
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