Trump rips NY, Cuomo for closing schools in COVID-19 hot spots until Election Day
President Trump trashed New York and Gov. Andrew Cuomo over his recent decision to keep New York City schools closed amid concerns over a coronavirus spike in the area — because his executive order states that they will reopen after Election Day.
Speaking on the Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria” Thursday, the commander-in-chief made the remarks when asked about the Democratic governor’s decision Monday to close schools in Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods with coronavirus outbreaks until Nov. 3, but keep businesses open.
“Well, they’re trying to hurt the economy as much as possible — the Democrats — they wanted Nov. 3 because this way they figured the economy would hurt a little bit and my numbers won’t be as good,” the president said of his rival party in his home state.
Trump continued by maintaining that he was confident in his election chances, despite the struggles felt nationwide as a result of the virus, because things had begun turning around.
“Actually, our numbers are going to be great, our numbers from the third quarter are going to be through the roof,” he remarked to the network.
“So I don’t know what they’re doing,” he continued, referring to New York Democrats. “It’s a shame what’s happened to New York. It’s like a ghost town. It’s like a sad, sad place, New York. It’s so sad. I have friends living there that are leaving.”
Cuomo said this week that the state was rolling into the city to take the reins on enforcement — using city personnel — for coronavirus infractions in those areas, and put religious institutions on notice about large gatherings in houses of worship.
Later in the interview, the president added, “What’s happened in New York is one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen happen to a city.”
“It’s all Democrat-run cities. The only way it’s going to come back is you’re going to have to find a young version of Rudy Giuliani, otherwise it’s not, because they have all these lefties in New York running for office,” he went on.
Host Maria Bartiromo then asked Trump if his son Donald Trump Jr. would consider running for mayor.
“I hope not because he couldn’t win as a Republican, he would never have a chance, it’s an all-Democrat city,” he replied.
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