President Trump fired back at NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday in the latest round of insults between the pair, claiming it was because of his 'incompetence' that '11,000' died from coronavirus in nursing homes.
Since the start of the pandemic, the two have traded barbs over their respective responses to the crisis - Trump's on a federal level and Cuomo's in New York, once the epicenter.
Now, they are fighting over Trump's threat to cut funding to states and cities that have 'lost control' amid a swell of riots, looting and - specifically in New York - crime and homelessness.
Cuomo, on Wednesday, said of the president: 'He can't have enough bodyguards to walk through New York City. Forget bodyguards, he better have an army if he thinks he's going to walk down the streets in New York.'
'He is persona non grata in New York City, and I think he knows that, and he'll never come back to New York, because New Yorkers will never forget how gratuitously mean he has been.'
Trump, who has vowed to 'bring back' the Big Apple if he wins in November and who regularly blasts NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio as an 'idiot' responded on Friday morning on Twitter.
He said: 'Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York has the worst record on death and China Virus. 11,000 people alone died in Nursing Homes because of his incompetence!'
Cuomo's decision to send recovering coronavirus patients back to nursing homes in the height of the crisis has been one of the most talked about mistakes of the entire pandemic.
He has shrugged responsibility for it. The numbers are hard to nail down due to confused reporting systems but the state official death toll of people who died in nursing homes is 6,600.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (above) has rebuked President Donald Trump over his threat to pull federal funding from 'lawless' U.S. cities
On Wednesday, Trump threatened to pull federal funding from New York City, Seattle, Washington DC, and Portland, Oregon, in a presidential memo saying 'My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones.'
Cuomo responded in a tweet by calling the move 'an illegal stunt,' saying of Trump: 'He is not a king. He cannot 'defund' NYC.'
'As far as this statement he's going to stop funding for New York City - he's not a king. He thinks he's a king but he's not,' Cuomo said at the press conference.
'The statutes contain the conditions [for funding] and he can't override the law. I suspect it's more of a political statement that he's making than anything else, but it's also illegal what he's talking about,' Cuomo said.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio chimed in with a tweet calling Trump's moves 'unconstitutional, political threats against us.'
'Mr. President, we’ll see you in court. We’ve beaten you there before and we’ll do it again,' de Blasio said.
It followed Trump's threat to pull federal funding from cities he says are descending into 'anarchy'.
'My Administration will do everything in its power to prevent weak mayors and lawless cities from taking Federal dollars while they let anarchists harm people, burn buildings, and ruin lives and businesses. We're putting them on notice today,' Trump said in a tweet on Wednesday.
Trump on Wednesday signed a five-page memo ordering all federal agencies to send reports to the White House Office of Management and Budget on federal funds going to four cities that can be redirected, according to the New York Post, which first reported the memo.
In addition to New York, the memo names Seattle, Washington DC and Portland, Oregon as potential targets for revocation of federal funds.
'To ensure that Federal funds are neither unduly wasted nor spent in a manner that directly violates our Government's promise to protect life, liberty, and property, it is imperative that the Federal Government review the use of Federal funds by jurisdictions that permit anarchy, violence, and destruction in America's cities,' the memo states.
Federal agencies must detail 'all Federal funds provided to Seattle, Portland, New York City, Washington, D.C.'
All four cities have seen either surging crime over the summer or protests over racial injustice that have spilled into violence and riots.
Simultaneously, Trump ordered Attorney General Bill Barr to develop a list within 14 days of 'anarchist jurisdictions' that 'permitted violence and the destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures' to restore order.
The order does not name the cities that Barr should investigate, giving the attorney general discretion as to which cities to designate.
Demonstrators raise their fists as a fire burns in the streets of Seattle in June after clashes with law enforcement near the Seattle Police Departments East Precinct
The memo also instructs White House budget director Russ Vought to issue guidance in 30 days from Wednesday 'to the heads of agencies on restricting eligibility of or otherwise disfavoring, to the maximum extent permitted by law, anarchist jurisdictions in the receipt of Federal grants.'
The amount of funding in question could be massive, with federal grants making up $3.7 billion of DC's annual budget, and a whopping $7 billion in New York.
Many of those funds are devoted to Medicare and social services programs, however it was not immediately clear which types of funds would be affected by the order.
'Violence has surged' in New York City
In the memo, Trump detailed allegations of local mismanagement against each of the cities named, saying that New York was included because violent crime has skyrocketed even as Mayor Bill de Blasio moved to defund the NYPD.
Shootings in New York soared 166 percent last month compared to August 2019, and murder rose 47 percent, according to NYPD statistics released on Wednesday.
Shootings in New York City were up 166 percent last month compared to August 2019, according to police crime statistics released Wednesday
Protesters with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement march through Manhattan and confront NYPD officers on August 24
Trump's memo says that 'in New York City, city