Fox News reports New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted President Trump on Monday — claiming the president is “facilitating” the spread of the novel coronavirus across the nation and calling him out for making the pandemic a “political” issue.
“Denying COVID is really advancing the COVID virus,” Cuomo said. “I know this is a politically charged environment right now, and, somehow, COVID has become a political issue, which, I’ve never heard of a virus becoming political, but in this environment, it has; but if you deny the problem, you will never solve it.”
Cuomo added: “We are not the United States of denial. We have never been a nation that has excelled because we refuse to admit the problem. We admit the problem and then we overcome the problem.”
Cuomo went on to criticize the president for repeatedly stating that more testing “makes us look like we have more cases, especially proportionally, than other countries.”
Trump has mentioned in the past that the more people who test positive for the coronavirus, the worse it makes the crisis look, despite the fact that experts have said a robust testing system is necessary for the nation to fully get back to normal in the wake of the pandemic. The Trump administration, also, has been largely behind the push to quickly increase testing capacity in the U.S. as part of what Trump called a “phenomenal” response to the crisis.
“If we don’t test, then we won’t know. And if you don’t know, then you have no problem,” Cuomo said sarcastically. “That’s a great way to go through life, isn’t it?”
“No more cancer tests, no more mammograms, and we don’t want to know. No more prostate checks, that will end prostate cancer. No more HIV tests and that will solve the AIDS issue,” Cuomo continued. “No. Not knowing does not mean you don’t have a problem.”
He added: “Mr. President, don’t be a co-conspirator of COVID. Do one simple thing. Acknowledge to the American people that COVID exists. It is a major problem. It is going to continue until we admit it and each of us stands up to do our part.”