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Cuomo, Trump melee heats up over ‘American Crisis’ book

Governor Andrew Cuomo during an Oct. 6 press briefing.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump are sparring again, this time over claims in the recently released book by the former, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

While Trump has said that the book has a number of inaccuracies, on top of the criticisms from the general public that it leaves out information on nursing home deaths, Cuomo in a Tuesday morning press call challenged the president to point out exactly where the lies are in the new tome chronicling his struggles leading the state through COVID-19.

“I don’t believe the president read the book, because the president doesn’t read. He says he doesn’t read,” Cuomo said. “If the president read the book, I challenge him to point out anything that he believes is factually incorrect. Does he deny that he extorted the state of New York with the Trusted Traveler program… which is now under investigation by the inspector general of [DHS].”

Among the other allegations in the book, Cuomo also asked Trump to deny that his administration also “extorted” the state based on the Cuomo administration’s skeptical stance on deploying hydroxychloroquine.

“Governor Cuomo has shown tremendously poor leadership skills in running N.Y. Bad time for him to be writing and promoting a book, especially since he has done such a poor job with Covid and Crime. So many unnecessary deaths. The City & State have sunk to historic lows,” the president tweeted Monday. “Washington wants nothing to do with him, and that’s so bad for New York, which has become a ghost town. Andrew spends too much time listening to his brother, Fredo. Forget the books and your apology tour. The Federal Government would love to help New York regain its luster!”

Governor Cuomo responded to the tweet by mentioning that Trump should not be attacking him through his brother, CNN presenter Chris Cuomo, otherwise referred to by the president as “Fredo.”

According to Cuomo, all New York deaths were the result of inaction from the White House administration early on in the pandemic and continuous misinformation from Trump regarding what he knew through internal memos and what he told Americans regarding the disease that has so far killed up to 225,000 nationwide.

Cuomo kept his thumb on the point that New York now has the lowest infection rate in the country with the statewide average coming to 1.3% as of Monday.

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