President Donald Trump said Monday that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will visit the White House on Tuesday to discuss coronavirus response.
"They're getting it together in New York," said Trump of the state, which has been an epicenter for the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
"I think the governor is going to come to the Oval Office tomorrow afternoon, Andrew is going to be coming in with some of his people," Trump said of the Democratic governor during the White House's daily coronavirus task force briefing.
Cuomo has been one of Trump's leading Democratic governor antagonists, having pleaded for ventilators that New York ultimately did not need and now calling on the federal government to lead the way on testing. Cuomo also threatened to sue Trump if he declared "total authority" to reopen New York state before it was ready, and said the president should be getting to work instead of watching TV during his New York daily briefings.
The coronavirus task force has contended every state in the U.S. has the testing capacity to move to Phase I of the Reopening American Again. That testing capacity is already in the states and locales, but states have failed to activate the testing capacity that is already there.
Gov. Cuomo was praised by Trump for saying the states have the responsibility to thoroughly conduct testing as provided by the federal government.
"I want to draw your attention to Gov. Cuomo's remarks during his press conference today: He said the president is right," Trump told reporters at the briefing, quoting one of his chief antagonists: "'Testing is up to the states to do, which will implement the tests and to logistically coordinate the tests. The president is right when he says that the state should lead.'
"And the governor is really getting it; they are getting it together in New York," Trump added. "A lot of good things are happening in New York."
Information from Reuters was used in this report.
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