An angry Governor Andrew Cuomo beat up President Donald Trump on Tuesday for "actively attempting to kill New York City" while voicing a long list of other complaints about how the Empire State was treated by the federal government.
Cuomo criticized the president for refusing to approve or fund projects advocated by the governor, such as a planned AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport, on the Second Avenue subway line, and failing to provide government coronavirus aid to the state and city .
"This is a war against the cities. … It is an unsustainable position for the federal government," Cuomo said at a press conference. "Either this president will find out, or the next president will find out. If Congress doesn't find out, there will be chaos in this country and there will be another Congress in January. That is my political opinion."
Cuomo, a Democrat, also criticized Trump's signing of the Republican-backed ceiling on federal withholding tax on state and local taxes, known as SALT. The governor said SALT was "targeting" the New York City tax base.
Experts say taxpayers in coastal states like New York, New Jersey, and California have felt the brunt of the $ 10,000 cap on individual state and local tax deductions – a key element of the tax plan Trump signed in 2017 with their proposal for a In another round of pandemic-related state incentives, the House Democrats have inserted a provision with which the SALT upper limit is to be lifted in 2020 and 2021.
Cuomo continued to accuse the president of "causing the Covid outbreak in New York", adding that the federal ban on travel from Europe was "too little, too late". The governor also criticized the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as "incompetent".
"Governor Cuomo seems paranoid. Every time New York and New York needed something, President Trump delivered," White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement to CNBC. "The only people trying to harm New York City are the liberal politicians and their failed big government policies."
In March, New York City became the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States before it slowed transmission by closing unnecessary stores. To date, the virus has infected more than 440,000 people in the state and killed at least 33,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Since the peak of the outbreak in April, the state has managed to largely get the virus under control. However, the New York death toll after the early outbreak still accounts for around 15% of all confirmed Covid-19 deaths in the country, according to Johns Hopkins. Cuomo described the state's recent success in controlling the outbreak as an "obvious outlier" compared to the rest of the country.
"And now no federal funding for New York City and New York State after Covid," Cuomo said. "Donald Trump caused the Covid outbreak in New York. Donald Trump caused the Covid outbreak in New York. That's a fact!"
Last week, Trump ordered federal agencies to look for ways to restrict funding to democratically-run cities, including New York City, as he said some cities had failed to control the recent surge in violent crime. In the memo, Trump described such cities as "anarchist jurisdictions".
"Trump is actively trying to kill New York City. It's personal," added Cuomo on Tuesday. "I think it's psychological. He's trying to kill New York City."