President Donald Trump has a message for those in upstate New York: He loves you, but you might have to leave.
Speaking Wednesday with regional reporters in the White House, Trump was asked about comments he made to the Wall Street Journal last year where he encouraged financially struggling upstate New Yorkers to leave the state.
Trump doubled down.
“I love those people,” he said, according to the transcript of the meeting. “Those people are my voters. They’ve been treated very badly.”
The president continued: “If New York isn’t gonna treat them better, I would recommend they go to another state where they can get a great job.”
The Republican president did suggest, however, that he would be open to revisiting a key provision of the GOP’s 2017 tax reform — a $10,000 cap on state and local deductions, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo has railed against as being unfair to New York taxpayers.