Governor Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump over the last seven months have not seen eye to eye on how to handle the coronavirus pandemic.
But, as Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the virus, Cuomo on Friday said on a "human level" he wished both well in their recovery in a phone conference call with reporters.
"Politics is politics and we can disagree on policy issues, but on a human level, the president grew up in New York, from Queens. I know the first lady, I’ve spoken with her, so I sincerely wish them the best for a speedy recovery," Cuomo said.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows earlier in the day confirmed Trump was experiencing mild symptoms from the virus.
Cuomo's own family has been affected by the virus: His brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year and later recovered.
"I’m sure there’s also a certain level of anxiety that goes with this diagnosis, nobody really knows that much about COVID, obviously, so they’re in our thoughts and prayers. The president has reported that he is feeling mild symptoms," the governor said.
Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis comes as parts of New York are experiencing increases in COVID-19 cases. Hospitalizations over the last week have increased from 511 patients to 648 people today.
Seven people have died from the virus in the last 24 hours in New York, Cuomo said.
"This is more on a human level. This is the president of the U.S., it's a personal hardship, it's frightening, it's frightening for his family... we wish them the best," Cuomo said.