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.”
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