Governor Andrew Cuomo pushed back against the idea that there would be a fight between He and President Donald Trump over the reopening of the economy.
In past press conferences, Gov. Cuomo has remained tactful in his responses regarding the President, noting that he had productive conversations with him.
“The president will have no fight with me, I will not engage in it,” Cuomo contended on Tuesday.
The potential fight comes in form of a statement issued by President Trump that the reopening of schools and businesses would ultimately be his to make.
Legally speaking, states have the right to make individual decisions on opening or closure.
“If he wants a fight, he’s not going to get it from me,” Cuomo insisted. “We don’t have a king in this country. We don’t want a king. So we have a Constitution and we elect a President.”
Gov. Cuomo did focus on the idea that reopening could happen too quickly, if certain elements are not shored up first. He’s said throughout the process that testing and tracing are crucial to reopening the economy.
“We could lose all the progress we have made if we re-open wrong,” Cuomo added. Hospitalizations and intubations were down, but deaths had increased day-over-day between Monday and Tuesday across the state.
A total of 10,834 have succumbed to the virus.
“We are in some ways artificially controlling that curve. Whatever we do today, will determine the infection rate tomorrow. If you behave differently you will have a different result,” Cuomo added.