Trump attacks Cuomo after his Democratic convention speech
President Trump lashed out at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) after his Monday speech at the Democratic National Convention, saying the governor does not have “a very good memory” about the coronavirus pandemic.
The president criticized Cuomo by retweeting a video posted by his campaign showing Cuomo praising the Trump administration for its assistance during the pandemic in different clips.
“Cuomo, just like his brother Fredo, has not got a very good memory!” Trump posted, referencing CNN’s Chris Cuomo, whom he has called “Fredo” after “The Godfather” character.
Cuomo, just like his brother Fredo, has not got a very good memory! https://t.co/H8J0RjNlvb
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2020
Cuomo slammed the Trump administration during his virtual convention speech for its management of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Our nation is in crisis, and in many ways, COVID is just a metaphor,” the governor said. “A virus attacks when the body is weak and when it cannot defend itself. Over these past few years, America’s body politic has been weakened.”
“Americans learned a critical lesson — how vulnerable we are when we are divided and how many lives can be lost when our government is incompetent.”
Shortly after Cuomo spoke, the Trump campaign posted the video that included a series of clips of Democratic governors — including Cuomo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham — commending the administration.
The video showed Cuomo speaking in three clips from different coronavirus press conferences, including one where he applauded Trump’s team for being “on it.”
“I know a team when they’re on it. I know a team when they’re not on it. His team is on it,” Cuomo said. “They’ve been responsive late at night, early in the morning.”
“These were just extraordinary efforts and acts of mobilization and the federal government stepped up,” he said in a separate clip. “We needed help and they were there.”
New York state and New York City were some of the first epicenters of the coronavirus in the U.S. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the state has recorded 425,916 COVID-19 cases and 25,236 fatalities, according to state data.
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