‘I’m not going to rise to the bait’: Gov. Cuomo dismisses Trump’s latest comments

Continuing a bipartisan appeal for statewide coronavirus assistance that has coincided with a marked rise in his approval rating, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo brushed off Donald Trump’s latest comments on the pandemic response.

In a Fox News Channel interview early Monday morning, the president said he believes Cuomo, a Democrat, “would be better” in the 2020 presidential race than current party front-runner Joe Biden.

Trump went on to claim that his administration has “helped make [Cuomo] successful” amid the state’s rapidly escalating health crisis.

“I’m not going to get into a political dispute with the president,” Cuomo said during a news conference later the same day. “I’m not going to rise to the bait of a political challenge.”

Instead, the governor said that he “takes [Trump’s] comment as a compliment,” further dismissing the apparent reference to a 2020 presidential match-up.

“As far as the president’s comment about having a political contest with me, I am not engaging the president in politics,” he said. “My only goal is to engage the president in partnership. This is no time for politics.”

By Diana RobinsonGovernor Andrew Cuomo, CC BY 2.0, Link

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