CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - DC prepares for Saturday of festivals & Jan. 6 demonstration Overnight Health Care — Nicki Minaj stokes uproar over vaccines Fauci responds to Nicki Minaj's vaccine worries MORE on Tuesday said he found it "perplexing" to see New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoLetitia James holding private talks on running for New York governor: report Governors brace for 2022 after year in pandemic spotlight Tucker Carlson says he lies when 'I'm really cornered or something' MORE (D) "crowing" about his handling of the coronavirus crisis given the high number of deaths in the state.
Tapper, who anchors the network's "State of the Union" program, made his remarks on Twitter after Cuomo's Monday appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."
"NY state has lost more than 32,000 lives to COVID-19. So while it's great that the numbers have gone down, it's perplexing to see crowing, Cuomo going on Fallon, etc. No other state has lost as many lives, not even close. New Jersey is next with 17,000+," Tapper wrote to his more than 2.6 million followers.
NY state has lost more than 32,000 lives to COVID-19. So while it's great that the numbers have gone down, it's perplexing to see crowing, Cuomo going on Fallon, etc. No other state has lost as many lives, not even close. New Jersey is next with 17,000+https://t.co/aIphqXdWYz— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 14, 2020
Cuomo has not faced the same level of criticism as some other governors, despite New York having the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the country. New York City, which early in the pandemic was the epicenter in the U.S., recently recorded its first day without a coronavirus death since the outbreak began.
But Cuomo has faced scrutiny for his handling of nursing homes during the pandemic. Almost 6,500 deaths have occurred in 509 nursing home facilities in the state, with critics saying a March 25 order from Cuomo is largely to blame.
“I've taken political heat, OK? There are facts and there’s politics,” Cuomo told NBC's “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddIf .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden GOP governor: Biden's vaccine mandate 'increases the division' Manchin says he can't support Biden's .5 trillion spending plan MORE in late June. “There’s no doubt in nursing homes across this nation, that's where we saw most of the deaths,” Cuomo said.