President Trump and Andrew Cuomo have traded barbs after the president criticized him and suggested New York could be last to receive a coronavirus vaccine because the governor wants to conduct its own tests to make sure it was safe.
On Thursday, Cuomo said that New York state would conduct its own verification of any federally approved vaccination, citing concerns that the vetting process is overly politicized.
But on Friday evening, Trump slammed the governor for his comments while further denigrating Cuomo over New York state's performance on care homes where ar least 6,600 people have died from coronavirus.
'Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York wants to put New York at the END of the Vaccine List in that he doesn't trust the @FDA or Federal Government, even though the Vaccines are being developed by the finest Labs in the World. Wish he trusted us on Nursing Homes!' the president wrote.
President Trump tweeted on Friday night blasting New York Governor Andrew Cuomo saying he 'wanted New York to be last on the list to receive the vaccine'
Trump's tweet came after Cuomo said on Thursday that New York state would conduct its own review of any coronavirus vaccines approved by the FDA
Speaking on MSNBC on Friday night, Cuomo said the he saw Trump's tweet as a veiled threat that his state would be the last to receive the vaccine.
'Is Donald Trump saying that he can somehow withhold a vaccine from the state of New York?' host joy Reid asked.
'That's called a threat. That's called, 'I will put New York at the end of the list.' That's what he's trying to say. But look, I don't trust the president and I don't trust the FDA. The American people don't trust the FDA,' Cuomo said.
'They denied COVID was here. They're denying it now. The doctor is exactly right, Joy. They're actually doing fewer tests. Florida now does fewer tests than they did two months ago. This is the Trump doctrine. Do fewer tests so you will show fewer cases. Remember he said if you test less, we'll have fewer cases. That's what he's doing,' Cuomo continued.
'Trump has politicized this entire situation and overridden health and science with politics. When we look back at this, it is reprehensible. We lose more people than the UK, France, Italy combined every day. It's disgusting. '
Minutes after phoning into the cable news channel, Cuomo tweeted similar thoughts.
'Mr. President, stop making illegal threats. Maybe you will wake up your DOJ. You said yourself that the FDA was making 'a political move' on vaccines. Surely Americans can't trust a political FDA. Don't you remember saying that? I guess it's hard to keep track of all the lies,' Cuomo wrote.
He quickly followed it up with another tweet moment later.
'You want us to trust you on Covid? FACT: Your Covid record: 203,000 deaths. More Americans die every day from Covid than in China, Italy, France, the UK, and Spain COMBINED. Are all of those leaders better than you?'
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that he saw President Trump's tweet that the state might be last to receive a vaccine as an 'illegal threat'
Cuomo's first tweet was quickly followed up with a second, above, which questioned the president's success rate at dealing with coronavirus
On Thursday, Cuomo, a Democrat, said he feared the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is facing political pressure from the White House to approve a vaccine before the November 3 presidential election.
'The first question is, is the vaccine safe? Frankly, I'm not going to trust the federal government's opinion,' Cuomo said during a press conference on Thursday.
'New York State will have its own review when the federal government is finished with their review and says it's safe.'
The governor, who has repeatedly criticized Trump and his administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, told reporters he was going to form a review committee to advise the state on the safety of a vaccine.