Utica, N.Y. - While Governor Andrew Cuomo was signing a bill in New York City on Wednesday, he was also criticizing President Donald Trump, and one of the governor's comments is getting a lot of negative feedback.
Cuomo was signing legislation to protect children from sex trafficking and during that press conference, he was criticizing President Trump and Trump's slogan, "Make America Great Again."
Cuomo said the following, "And look, the simple point is, all of this comes down to this. We're not going to make America great again. It was never that great. We have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged. "
Cuomo said Trump wants to return to an era of greater sexism, racism and intolerance toward immigrants. He says America has made great strides toward equality, but that it can't consider itself great until there's full equality for all.
Cuomo is seeking a third term this fall and is considered a potential presidential contender in 2020.
Many republicans have pounced on Cuomo's comments.
Republican candidate for governor, Marc Molinaro, the Dutchess County Executive, was here at the WKTV studios earlier on Wednesday, where we asked him about the governor's comments.
Molinaro said the following, "America, with all of its imperfections has always been great, for 242 years. It's principles, it's promise, it's potential has always been great and we continue on this march to continue to make and remake America every day. The governor knows that, should know that, and should apologize for what he had to say. America has always been great."
Sen. Joe Griffo of Rome also weighed in Wednesday evening saying the following, "The Governor's comments today regarding our nation were unfortunate, disappointing and absurd. I understand that we are in the heat of political season. However, despite his own personal opinion, political differences and future aspirations, the Governor's words, whether taken out of context or not, were not the appropriate way to describe this country."
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente released a statement Wednesday evening saying, "Governor Cuomo's statement today is disappointing, sad and wrong. He owes this state and nation an apology. America is, has always been, and by the grace of God will always be, great and exceptional."