Trump spars with Cuomo and de Blasio over residency change

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE on Friday lashed out at New York Democratic leaders as the two sides traded barbs following the president's announcement that he has declared residency in Florida.

In the span of four tweets, Trump blasted Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Mayor Bill De Blasio (D), lamenting that "New York can never be great again" under their leadership. 


Trump bemoaned their treatment of him personally and blamed them for a laundry list of problems he sees with the state, including high taxes, the treatment of police and an unwillingness to engage in fracking.

"Cuomo has weaponized the prosecutors to do his dirty work (and to keep him out of jams), a reason some don’t want to be in New York, and another reason they are leaving," Trump said, an apparent dig at city and state law enforcement officials who have pursued investigations into his finances.

"Taxes and energy costs are way too high, Upstate is being allowed to die as other nearby states frack & drill for Gold (oil) while reducing taxes & creating jobs by the thousands," he continued. "NYC is getting dirty & unsafe again, as our great police are being disrespected, even with water dumped on them, because a Mayor and Governor just don’t 'have their backs.'

He concluded by tweeting that "Too many people are leaving our special New York. Great leaders would work with a President and Federal Government that wants our wonderful City and State to flourish and thrive. I Love New York!"

The thread was riddled with typos, but those were later later corrected with a fresh post.

The lengthy diatribe marked the latest back-and-forth between Trump and the leaders of his native state. The president shared on Twitter on Thursday night that he would no longer declare residency at Trump Tower in Manhattan, but would instead use his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, as his primary address.

In sharing the news, he cited the state's high taxes and the treatment of him by local leaders. There is no income tax in Florida, and its governor and two senators are all Republican.

Cuomo embraced the announcement on Thursday night, tweeting "good riddance." He told MSNBC on Friday that he believes the move was motivated by Trump's refusal to release his tax returns.

“My guess is that he was advised by his lawyers that it would help his case not to release his taxes to the Manhattan District Attorney if he could say he was no longer a resident of the state of New York,” Cuomo said. “I could see it as a legal tactic, and the timing is coincidental.”

De Blasio has been an ardent critic of the president having recently dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. The two traded barbs throughout his candidacy, with Trump mocking de Blasio upon his exit from the race.