Gov. Cuomo’s flouting coronavirus travel restrictions to visit his frenemy in Washington.
President Trump plans on hosting Cuomo at the White House for a coronavirus strategy session Tuesday, extending an olive branch to the governor just a few days after berating him on social media.
“He is coming to the Oval Office tomorrow afternoon, Andrew will be coming in with some of his people. We look forward to that.” - Trump said during his daily COVID-19 briefing at the White House on Monday.
Trump didn’t share an agenda for the Tuesday meeting, but praised the governor for comments he made earlier in the day about coronavirus testing.
“He said the president is right: The state’s testing is up to the states to do," - Trump said, referring to himself in the third-person.
Asked why they’re meeting in-person instead of doing a video conference, Trump said Cuomo “wanted to."
“Believe it or not, we get along,” the president added.
A Cuomo aide confirmed the Tuesday meeting is on, but declined to comment further.
The Oval Office sit-down comes on the heels of an extraordinary public beef between Trump and Cuomo.
Cuomo exploded during a briefing in Albany on Friday after he was asked in real-time about a tweet Trump had posted claiming the governor should “spend more time ‘doing’ and less time ‘complaining'" about the coronavirus, which has hit New York harder than any other state.
"If he’s sitting home watching TV, maybe he should get up and go to work, right?” Cuomo snapped.
Ribbing Trump over his lament that New York isn’t grateful enough to him, the governor added, “What am I supposed to do, send a bouquet of flowers?”
Cuomo’s White House rendezvous could raise some eyebrows, considering his statewide stay-at-home order urges all New Yorkers to avoid nonessential travel.
The governor even said recently he had stopped traveling to do his part in slowing the spread of COVID-19.
“Basically, I am in Albany,” Cuomo said in an April 13 interview on Howard Stern’s radio show. “I was traveling all across the state ... That is curtailed. I am basically staying in Albany. I am traveling very little now and do everything from Albany.”
Cuomo and Trump have alternated between excoriating and praising each other since the COVID-19 outbreak hit the U.S.