NY Gov. Cuomo Becomes the Second Democrat to Praise President Trump's Efforts to Fight the Coronavirus

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a bill signing ceremony in New York, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. Cuomo was joined by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as he signed a “red flag” bill, which attempts to prevent people who present a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or owning a gun. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)



Shortly before President Trump’s press conference on Friday afternoon, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, spoke to reporters about the drive-through coronavirus mobile testing center which had been set up in his state.

To his credit, he actually acknowledged Vice President Mike Pence and “especially” the President for their help.

Cuomo said, “I want to thank the Vice President and especially the President who facilitated this and moved quickly.”

The governor was the second Democrat to show his appreciation for President Trump this week.

During a press conference held on Monday, California’s Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom was the first to praise President Trump for his support during the fight against the coronavirus.

A reporter who appeared to be fishing for something derogatory to write about the President, brought up Trump’s previous statements about the cruise ship passengers. He’d said he would prefer it if none of the passengers aboard these cruise ships landed on U.S. soil. The reporter asked, “Did he mention any of that to you during your conversation?”

Newsom replied: “We had a private conversation, but he said, ‘We’re gonna do the right thing’ and ‘You have my support, all of our support, logistically and otherwise.’ He said everything I could have hoped for. And we had a very long conversation and every single thing he said, they followed through on. So, I’m just not interested in finding daylight on those statements because everything single thing his administration – and it starts at the top, including his Vice President – has been consistent with the expectation that we’d repatriate these passengers and we’d do it in a way that does justice to the spirit that defines the best of our country and the state of California.”



At a time when coverage of the coronavirus has become so politicized, it’s refreshing to see some civility, however long it lasts.

We are all in this together. Let’s hope we see more of this.



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