New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Mar 17, 2020 19:07:55 GMT
Post by Admin on Mar 17, 2020 19:07:55 GMT
President Donald Trump punched back on Tuesday against criticism from Democratic governors critical of his administration's coronavirus response, wading into his familiar political spats as the White House looks to combat a pandemic.
Trump referred to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as the "failing Michigan governor" on Monday and lashed out at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo after his calls for stepped up federal assistance. Minutes later, he heaped praise on his own administration for "working very well with the Governors and State officials."
While Cuomo, Whitmer and other governors have been among the most vocal critics of the federal coronavirus response, they have been far from alone. The Trump administration has come under a steady drumbeat of scrutiny over its inability to quickly ramp up coronavirus testing capabilities as well as its weekslong rhetorical campaign to downplay the virus' threat to Americans. Only recently has the president reversed course in his own public utterances to warn the public about the severity of the pandemic's threat.
Although Trump and Cuomo sparred Tuesday on social media, it appeared the two made amends after a morning phone call. Not long after Cuomo praised the Trump administration for being "responsive" at a press conference on Tuesday, Trump told reporters at the White House press briefing that they were both "doing a really good job."
"We had a very good talk," Trump said. "I think we are right there on the same track. It's going to be very successful."