The dispute over freezing New Yorkers out of trusted traveler programs has bubbled over to a fight between Governor Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump. The president tweeted on Saturday afternoon that Cuomo canceled a meeting at the White House.
"Governor Cuomo wanted to see me this weekend," Trump wrote on Twitter. "He just canceled. Very hard to work with New York — So stupid. All they do is sue me all the time!"
Not so, said Cuomo, who is in Washington, D.C. for a meeting of the National Governors Association.
“The fact is, my office called to ask for a meeting. I wanted to talk to [Trump] about the Trusted Traveler Program and we’re waiting to hear," Cuomo said. "I didn’t cancel any meeting. I’m waiting to find out when we can meet.”
The Trump administration this week moved to block New Yorkers from registering in trusted traveler programs that provide easier passage through ports and border crossings for those who pass a background check.
At issue, according to the Department of Homeland Security, is the new state law that allows undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses. The law contains a provision that bars the DMV from sharing information with federal immigration enforcement officials.
Cuomo this week noted the state makes the records available to the FBI. New York officials signaled this week they will sue to end the freeze.