New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he wouldn’t follow a possible order from Trump to ease coronavirus restrictions in the state if it put public health at risk.
“If he ordered me to reopen in a way that would endanger the public health of the people of my state, I wouldn't do it,” Gov. Cuomo said. “That would be the worst possible thing he could do at this moment would be to act dictatorial and to act in a partisan, divisive way.”
Some background: During yesterday’s White House coronavirus briefing, President Trump falsely claimed he has "total" authority over states' coronavirus restrictions.
“We don't have King Trump. We have President Trump … So the President should not even think of going there. That would be divisive and political, and it would be totally contrary to everything we have been trying to do by working in a cooperative fashion,” he told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota.
Cuomo said that Trump’s remarks are a reversal of his previous positions on leaving stay-at-home orders up to individual states and letting them find equipment for hospitals.
“This is a 180 … So it makes no sense. It’s schizophrenic,” Cuomo said. “The first position, he stepped back and said it’s up to the states. This is stepping forward and trying to step over the states, which is frankly I think more partisan, more divisive and more dangerous.”
Cuomo reiterated his call to keep politics out of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I know this is a political year. I know it is a hyper-partisan environment. I know it is red versus blue. Not anymore. Not when it comes to this. This is red, white and blue. I have 10,000 deaths in my state," Cuomo said. "This virus didn't kill Democrats or Republicans. It killed Americans.”