‘My fear is he’s making every mistake he made when COVID first started.’
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called out President Donald Trump’s threat to withhold coronavirus vaccines in their home state.
In response to Trump publicly stating that he may prohibit New Yorkers from receiving doses of the vaccine, Cuomo said in his MSNBC Morning Joe appearance that the president is simply being petty.
“Oh … that’s just, just Trump talking,” Cuomo said. “I think frankly we spend too much time trying to delve into the bizarre world of Trump.”
“He doesn’t like that I criticize him. He doesn’t like that I stand up to him. He’s a typical bully, and it bothers him,” Cuomo continued, adding, “My fear is he’s making every mistake he made when COVID first started.”
Last Friday, Trump made clear at a press conference that he might exclude New York from receiving does of a COVID-19 vaccine whenever a workable vaccine is produced and cleared for emergency use by by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), The Hill reports.
“[Cuomo] will have to let us know when he’s ready for it because otherwise, we can’t be delivering it to a state that won’t be giving it to its people immediately,” Trump said at the press event. “He doesn’t trust where the vaccine is coming from. These are coming from the greatest companies anywhere in the world, greatest labs in the world, but he doesn’t trust the fact that it’s this White House, this administration, so we won’t be delivering it to New York until we have authorization to do so, and that pains me to say that.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James also called out Trump’s small-minded attitude, saying “nothing more than vindictive behavior by a lame-duck president trying to extract vengeance on those who oppose his politics.”
The AG is looking forward to working with the administration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, saying “once there is a fully-developed COVID-19 vaccine, we are confident that a Biden-Harris administration will provide New York with the proper number of doses so that our state’s residents can achieve immunity.”
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