Gov Cuomo attempts to walk back perceived threat Trump ‘better have an army’ to protect him in NYC

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was slammed after he appeared to threaten President Donald Trump over his plan to pull federal funding from some Democrat-run cities.

The Democrat leader declared that the U.S. President had “better have an army’” to protect him if he ever plans to visit New York City, claiming residents want nothing to do with him. Cuomo later reportedly clarified his remarks after igniting scathing criticism for his shocking rhetoric.

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The governor’s comments came during an emergency press briefing he called on Wednesday quickly following the president’s release of a memo ordering federal agencies to explore how to remove federal funding of cities that have been allowed to devolve into “lawless zones” amid ongoing protests and riots.

“He better have an army if he thinks he’s gonna walk down the street in New York. New Yorkers don’t want to have anything to do with him,” Cuomo said, according to the New York Post.

“He can’t have enough bodyguards to walk through New York City, people don’t want to have anything to do with him,” the Democrat, who is a native of the Queens borough of New York City just like Trump, added.

Trump’s memo to federal agencies targeted New York City, Washington, D.C., Seattle, and Portland amid ongoing riots. He also twice called out New York City Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio who has repeatedly whined about needing a bailout from Washington, D.C. to deal with the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus lockdowns in the city. Despite escalating crime rates in the city, de Blasio caved to anti-police activists and pulled about $1 billion from the NYPD budget.

“My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones,” the president wrote, according to The Post. “To ensure that Federal funds are neither unduly wasted nor spent in a manner that directly violates our Government’s promise to protect life, liberty, and property, it is imperative that the Federal Government review the use of Federal funds by jurisdictions that permit anarchy, violence, and destruction in America’s cities.”

“It is more of the same from him. It’s political, it is gratuitous. And it’s illegal. But it is another attempt to kill New York City,” Cuomo said on Wednesday, continuing to shift blame on the president for policies in is own state.

“President Ford said drop dead. President Trump has been actively trying to kill New York City since he’s been elected,” he claimed as he continued to spew his personal attacks.

“I think it’s because he is from New York City and New York City rejected him, always,” Cuomo claimed.

“He was dismissed as a clown in New York City, those who know him best, like him least,” he added. “He was disrespected in New York City. Nobody took him seriously and he was just a tabloid cartoon.”

Despite the fact that Cuomo’s own Health Department policy potentially lead to nearly 6,500 deaths in nursing homes as they were prohibited from turning away those who tested positive for COVID-19, Cuomo placed the blame on Trump’s “negligence.”

Cuomo declared that Trump “is not a king,” during the conference call.

“He thinks he’s a king but he’s not, he’s a president. And there is a Constitution and there are laws — nothing that he knows anything about — but the federal budget is appropriated by law. … The statutes contain the funding conditions and he can’t override the law. I suspect it’s more of a political statement than anything else.”

The three-term Democrat governor apparently tried to walk back some of his controversial comments on Wednesday as he clarified his intent with more insults leveled at Trump.

“My comment about the president and bodyguards in New York City, all I’m saying is that he is persona non grata in New York City,” he said, according to The Post.

“And I think he knows that. And he’ll never come back to New York, because New Yorkers will never forget how gratuitously mean he has been to New Yorkers and how many times he’s tried to kill the city that gave him his start and birthed him. That’s what I meant about the bodyguards,” Cuomo said.

Though de Blasio did not yet respond to Trump’s reported memo, his press secretary Bill Neidhardt did.

Twitter users assailed Cuomo for his personal attack on the president amid the lawlessness he and de Blasio have allowed to persist.

Even liberals seemed to have a problem with the governor’s words.

CNN White House correspondent John Harwood tweeted that “even hinting that the President would face physical harm by coming to your state is wrong.”

“Good lord, this is a terrible message. Shame on the Governor for threatening anyone’s safety, including the President,” CNN’s S.E. Cupp tweeted.

Social media also reminded him that the commander-in-chief actually does have “an army” to protect him if he visited New York.

 

 

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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