Governor Andrew Cuomo railed against President Donald Trump in a late night conference call on Wednesday after news broke that the president was making moves to defund New York City.
“From the point of view of New York City, this has been the worst president in history….President Trump has been actively trying to kill New York City ever since he has been elected,” said Cuomo.
As first reported by the New York Post, Trump signed a memo on Wednesday that ordered federal agencies to find ways to start cutting funding to New York City, Washington, D.C., Seattle, and Portland. These four cities, Trump says, allowed for protests and cut police budgets while these cities were also seeing a rise in crime.
Not mincing words and getting personal, Cuomo called Trump a “clown” and says the best thing he ever did was leave New York City.
"Good riddance. Enjoy Florida. Don't get COVID,” said Cuomo.
"Those who know him best, like him least. That's true of New York City, that's true of his own family."
New York City has seen a rise in crime, like many major cities across New York. In August, the NYPD reported that shootings more than doubled compared to the previous year. The department has blamed the rise in violence on recent changes to the state's criminal justice reform laws such as eliminating cash bail.
Cuomo laid into the president for working to withdraw federal funding to New York City, calling it illegal and a political stunt.
"Forget bodyguards. He better have an army if he walks down the streets of New York City."
Cuomo later clarified that statement saying it was about him being "persona non grata" with the people.
"Want to do something about public safety?” Cuomo continued. “Try doing your job. You have the worst record on the globe in terms of leadership."
Cuomo says that the president does not have the authority to defund New York City and references legal statutes with funding conditions in place.
In his conference call, he also commented on the video that was released today, that showed the death of Daniel Prude, who died in Rochester Police custody back in March.
Cuomo says he referred the case to the attorney general for investigation back in July.
"That is ongoing. She’s been doing the investigation since July, but people should know that it is under investigation and it has been for months by the AG,” said Cuomo.
He said that he had not yet watched the video, but would be on Wednesday night.
“It was described to me and the way it’s described is very disturbing,” he said.