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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo meets with Trump at the White House

New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with...

Posted: May 27, 2020 3:06 PM
Updated: May 27, 2020 3:45 PM

New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with President Donald Trump at the White House Wednesday morning to discuss infrastructure projects as well as the economic and medical impact of the coronavirus.

During a news conference following his meeting, Cuomo confirmed that he brought up the prospect of jump-starting infrastructure projects around New York City.

'It was not about politics. It was not about any of that. It was about what -- how do we supercharge the reopening, especially in New York, which has been hardest hit,' Cuomo told reporters at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, later adding that he had a 'good discussion' with the President.

'He understood what we were talking about. He understood what we need and he's going to be thinking about it, talk to his team. He said we'll talk next week,' Cuomo said.

The governor also said Trump's New York roots allow him to have 'the context' for understanding what the state would like to develop.

'I think the President also acknowledges and realizes that New York, we're very aggressive about getting these projects done and getting them done on time,' Cuomo said.

Cuomo also expressed frustration over Washington Republicans criticizing aid to some states hit hardest by coronavirus and at times referring to it as a 'blue state bailout.' But asked if state funding came up during his White House meeting, Cuomo said Trump was mainly focused on reopening the American economy.

Ahead of his scheduled meeting, Cuomo was spotted outside the White House Wednesday wearing a blue surgical mask and flanked by masked aides. Robert Mujica, the budget director for New York state, was among those accompanying the governor.

Cuomo had previously said that he wanted to discuss New York City infrastructure projects with Trump, specifically a new Penn Station, a train link to LaGuardia Airport, rebuilding train tunnels under the Hudson River and expanding the Second Avenue subway. He told reporters Wednesday that he did not discuss potential infrastructure projects in other parts of the state.

Wednesday's visit marked the third time Cuomo has met with Trump since he took office. The pair met in April to discuss coronavirus testing.

Cuomo and Trump have a history of publicly sparring, sometimes becoming combative earlier in the pandemic as New York requested coronavirus-related resources. But the governor said his April meeting about testing was productive and a 'very good conversation.'

Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters Wednesday morning that they were expecting to discuss the economic and medical impacts of coronavirus during the White House meeting. She also suggested Trump could bring up the topic of nursing homes, calling Cuomo's decision to send Covid patients to nursing homes 'a huge screw-up in New York.'

Cuomo did not say whether the nursing home topic came up during the meeting with Trump.

The meeting comes as New York state, the state hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, begins to phase into reopening.

On Tuesday, Cuomo said New York has reported its lowest daily death toll from Covid-19 since the pandemic began in the US. But in New York City, an epicenter for coronavirus infections in the US, Mayor Bill de Blasio said indicators remain mixed.

According to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the US, New York state has confirmed more than 363,000 coronavirus cases and more than 29,000 coronavirus deaths.

This story has been updated with Cuomo's remarks from his news conference.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2506247

Reported Deaths: 55965
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings33129910834
Queens31382710273
Suffolk2383183590
Nassau2136033286
Bronx2067916745
New York1674924632
Westchester1433882338
Erie1054771938
Richmond882931930
Monroe835191180
Orange57192909
Rockland52859779
Onondaga51456755
Dutchess35411497
Albany30510386
Oneida28347582
Broome24121403
Niagara23795397
Saratoga20034197
Ulster17179277
Schenectady16525227
Rensselaer14618167
Putnam1242096
Chautauqua12281172
Oswego11449112
Chemung10740153
St. Lawrence10354124
Steuben9972173
Ontario9244110
Jefferson867574
Cayuga8582107
Sullivan839483
Wayne801884
Cattaraugus7586112
Genesee6904132
Herkimer6671125
Clinton663138
Tompkins646359
Fulton6228102
Madison6092102
Montgomery5865138
Livingston564971
Warren537181
Cortland528479
Tioga501271
Columbia4966111
Chenango463586
Allegany454296
Washington453367
Otsego452654
Greene434286
Wyoming433657
Orleans428087
Franklin417920
Lewis355038
Delaware350747
Seneca271663
Schoharie227221
Essex224531
Yates158827
Schuyler151317
Hamilton4343
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