President Donald Trump was running a "reality show" that has run its course, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday told Howard Stern in a wide-ranging interview that touched on the pandemic and his family.
"With Trump, I had an enemy every day," Cuomo said. "He was anti-New York, by the way. He was mad at New York. He hated us."
Cuomo spoke with Stern as part of an ongoing promotional tour for his book about the pandemic, "American Crisis" which provides a behind-the-scenes account of how New York responded during the late winter and spring.
Cuomo writes in the book Trump's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows sought to link federal funding for hospitals in New York to test results for hydroxychloroquine.
"I did not like this guy," Cuomo told Stern. "I have a little New York in me, and I’m not going to let my people be pushed around. For Meadows to call … was unusual."
President-elect Joe Biden is a Cuomo ally, a Democrat the governor endorsed in the early part of the presidential campaign. Cuomo said he was surprised by how close the election was last week.
"It's a four-year reality show that just ran its course, and the absurdity of it has overcome the show now," Cuomo said.
Cuomo said he felt it had become personal between him and Trump, including when the president mocked his brother Chris Cuomo as "Fredo" — a character from "The Godfather" movies.
"The Mafia stereotype has been such a stain on Italians for so long, and that’s where they go," he said. "That’s what ‘Fredo’ says. And of the mafia stereotypes, you don’t want to be Fredo. You wind up getting shot and dumped out of the boat by your own family."
Cuomo also spoke about his father, the late Gov. Mario Cuomo, and how he got into politics so he could spend more time with him.
"Why didn't he want to do things with me? Why didn't he want to take me to the ball game? Why didn't we ever take a vacation," Cuomo said. "He did not have that emotional intimacy. He was from a different generation."