Donald Trump left all of the United States’ governors holding the bag when he said dealing with the coronavirus pandemic was not his responsibility. The states had no choice but to do the best they could under the circumstances. It got thornier from there.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proved more than equal to the job. He gave a televised daily briefing filled with facts and logic, compassion and optimism. Cuomo also formed a coalition with six other governors whose states ringed the upper Atlantic shore.
The Daily News’ cover honored those seven governors while taking a dig at Trump. The headline read:
‘SEVEN HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE’
Those seven heads are New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Delaware Governor John Carney, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and New Jersey Mayor Phil Murphy.
Cuomo said that rolling out the regional coalition to open the economy once again called for a “coordinated way.” It was a given when they were under the cloud of the ever-expanding and contracting disease. He said:
‘We should start looking forward to reopening, but reopening with a plan, and a smart plan, because if you do it wrong, it can backfire.’
Incidentally, Cuomo’s brother CNN host Chris Cuomo has been doing a video diary of his experience with the coronavirus.
Then, the New York governor continued:
‘What the art form is going to be here is doing that smartly and doing that productively and doing that in a coordianted way.’
Trump tweeted earlier saying:
‘For the purpose of creating conflict and confusion, some in the Fake News Media are saying that it is the Governors’ decision to open up the states, not that of the President of the United States & the Federal Government. Let it bu fully understood that this is incorrect.’
Governor Cuomo noted that Trump liked to leave when things became too hard. The governor said:
‘[Trump] left it to states to close down without any guidance really. He took the position it was the states’ decision, they were responsible for purchasing supplies, etc. that was the management for this emergency. If they wanted to change the model, they can change the model. He is the president of the United States. It’s civics 101.’
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