As the numbers for coronavirus cases continue to rise, New York governor Andrew Cuomo spoke about not being held responsible for the number of losses due to the pandemic but says the federal government should be held accountable.
During his press conference on Tuesday, he said, “We have tremendous losses because of COVID, we’re not liable for them. I am not accepting liability. I’m not accepting the premise that New York State or New York City should pay. We didn’t do anything wrong.”
Cuomo further explained, “The federal government should pay, the federal government was wrong. It’s the federal government that allowed us to be ambushed by COVID. It’s the federal government that missed that the virus and went from China to Europe, and they missed it for three months.”
He continued to pinpoint that prior to the excessive spread of the virus, which ultimately forced a global pandemic to occur, there was a focus on building a wall instead of protecting the country.
“You know how they wanted to build the wall in Mexico?” said Cuomo. “Yeah in the meantime COVID is walking in the door at JFK and Newark International Airport.”
New York was once the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic with over 23,000 deaths to date. The United States has experienced over 7 million cases caused by the virus, and over 33 million cases worldwide.
Cuomo concluded, “How is New York City going to solve the deficit? We’re not. It’s Donald Trump’s deficit. New York City, New York state, is not going to pay.”
— ABC News (@ABC) September 29, 2020
Back in August Cuomo announced that New York schools were safe to reopen after the number of cases dropped within the state. However, the reopening of schools was later delayed as more preparation was needed before some students returned to the classroom.
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