Cuomo turned down Trump invitation to participate in April press briefing: report

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoHochul raises .6 million since launching gubernatorial campaign Former aide says she felt 'abandoned' by Democrats who advanced Garcetti nomination as ambassador to India De Blasio says he won't run for New York governor MORE (D) declined an invitation from President TrumpDonald TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE to participate in a White House press briefing in April, The Washington Post reported Sunday. 

Trump asked Cuomo to join him at a press briefing on April 21, the day Cuomo visited the White House to meet with the president, officials with knowledge of the episode told the Post. 

Hope HicksHope HicksPennsylvania Republican David McCormick launches Senate campaign McCormick drawing support from Trump alumni ahead of Pennsylvania Senate bid Fauci on Fox's Jesse Watters: He 'should be fired on the spot' MORE, a former Trump campaign staffer who returned to the White House as a senior adviser in 2018, encouraged the idea, officials told the Post. 


Cuomo declined to participate and left the White House without photojournalists taking pictures of the New York governor with the president. 

Spokespeople for the White House and Cuomo were not immediately available for comment. 

Cuomo, who has often sparred with Trump amid the coronavirus pandemic, at the time called the April meeting “productive.” 

After the meeting, Trump announced that the USNS Comfort, which was docked in New York City to assist with coronavirus patients, would return to Virginia to be routed elsewhere.

"I’ve asked Andrew if we could bring the Comfort back to its base in Virginia so that we could have it for other locations, and he said we would be able to do that," Trump said at a press briefing on the afternoon after his meeting with Cuomo.