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Trump, Cuomo feud on Twitter over coronavirus response

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Published on March 16, 2020 - Duration: 01:56s

Trump, Cuomo feud on Twitter over coronavirus response

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had to "do more" to combat the coronavirus, after the Democratic governor criticized the Trump administration's response to the outbreak.

This report produced by Chris Dignam.

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Trump, Cuomo feud on Twitter over coronavirus response

(SOUND BITE) (English) NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO, SAYING: "There is no clear direction and there is no clear path." New York Governor Andrew Cuomo criticized the Trump administration's response to the fast-spreading coronavirus in the United States, saying at a press conference with reporters Monday morning that the country needed leadership at the national level.

(SOUND BITE) (English) NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO, SAYING: "This is a national problem and we need federal leadership.

You look at the countries who have handled this, I don't care if it's China, South Korea, if it's Italy.

They were all handled by national leadership.

This is a national problem.

It cannot be done in a piecemeal method." By Monday afternoon, following a call with governors from across the country, President Donald Trump singled out the Democratic governor from New York, saying in a tweet: "Just had a very good tele-conference with Nationsโ€™s Governors.

Went very well.

Cuomo of New York has to "do more"." Cuomo quickly responded on Twitter, saying: "I have to do more?

No โ€” YOU have to do something!

Youโ€™re supposed to be the President." During the tele-conference Monday, Trump reportedly suggested that the governors try to obtain medical equipment, including respirators, on their own.

The New York Times reported that the president told the governors: "We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves." When asked about that report at a coronavirus briefing at the White House, Trump confirmed saying as much.

(SOUND BITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "If they can get them faster by getting it on their own.

In other words, go through a supply chain that they may have... It's always going to be faster if they can get them directly, if they need them.

And I've given them authorization to order directly."

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