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Cuomo: 'I am not going to fight' with Trump

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday that he has seen President Trump's tweets critical of him and other governors, but added, "I am not going to fight with him."

Cuomo continued to push back on Trump's comment claiming "ultimate authority" regarding the reopening of the nation's economy in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but the governor said he would not engage the president.

"This is no time for politics," Cuomo said.

Cuomo noted Trump's Monday briefing and several tweets since then and said, "The president was clearly not happy" and that "the president is clearly spoiling for a fight."

"The president will have no fight with me. I will not engage in it," the governor said during his daily coronavirus briefing. "For 44 days I've told New Yorkers, 'It's not about me, it’s about we.' If he wants a fight, he’s not going to get it from me."

"The worst thing we can do in all of this, is start with political division and start with partisanship," Cuomo said. "The best thing we have done throughout these past 44 days is we have worked together, and we haven’t raised political flags, even in this political environment, even in an election year.

"This is too important for anyone to play politics. This is just about doing the right thing, working together. That’s important, and we need to stay there. Everything we do here is so important, and every day is so important."

The governor made those comments after opposing Trump's "ultimate authority" stance, something Cuomo did several times in national television appearances Monday night and Tuesday morning.

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"That is not an accurate statement, in my opinion," Cuomo said of Trump's stance.

In what has been a continuing trend for more than a week, Cuomo documented grave news regarding the state's daily death toll while also pointing to encouraging news regarding hospitalization data that showed that the state has reached a plateauing apex of stress on the state's health care system.

"What we have learned through this process is that our actions determine our destiny ... we changed the curve," Cuomo said, before noting that many projections heading into the Covid-19 pandemic predicted much larger numbers of cases and hospitalizations.

"Every projection had higher rate of infection, a higher rate of death. That didn’t happen.

"Why didn’t that happen? Because of what we did. That’s important to remember and realize. We changed the curve. ... We are changing the curve every day. We showed that we control the virus, the virus does not control us."

Monday's death toll of  778 brought New York's overall fatality number to 10,834.

The daily fatality numbers have flattened for about the last week, during which the state recorded a daily high of 799.

Cuomo showed a chart of New York State coronavirus cases by percentage, which has been fairly constant for the last week. Current numbers show New York City with 64% of the state's cases, followed by Long Island (22%), Westchester and Rockland counties (8%) and the rest of upstate (6%).

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