ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he had a “good conversation” with President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday, a day after the Manhattan billionaire businessman defeated Hillary Clinton in the White House race between two New York residents.
Cuomo, appearing on NY1 Wednesday afternoon, was asked if he sees a national role for himself following Clinton’s defeat. The question came as a natural political jockeying is set to begin among some Democrats who might be eyeing a 2020 presidential race.
“I see a role for myself as the governor of the state of New York,’’ Cuomo said, referring to what he called New York’s leadership on several policy and other matters.
Cuomo continued his long standing complaint about dysfunction in Washington and what he says is New York's role in helping to shape national debates.
“We believe in individual rights, but also the collective,’’ he said citing the state government’s positions on gay rights, environmental causes and other issues. “That philosophical debate needs to continue … I look forward to continuing the debate,’’ Cuomo said.
Cuomo appeared to disagree with his own criticisms he leveled at Trump just three days ago during pre-election rallies. On Sunday, he said Trump is “un-New York” for what he called Trump’s negative vision for the nation.
On Wednesday, after talking with Trump briefly about infrastructure needs and other issues in New York, Cuomo said Trump will not be “insensitive” to urban areas and the Northeast.
"He knows New York,’’ Cuomo said of Trump, acting that the president-elect was raised in Queens and “has a natural orientation to the needs of this type of area.’’