Washington – Outgoing President Donald Trump said Saturday that he loves New York but will not send the first batches of the future COVID-19 vaccine there for its governor, Andrew Cuomo.
“I LOVE NEW YORK! As everyone knows, the Trump administration has produced a large, safe VACCINE long ahead of schedule. Another administration would have taken five years. The problem is that the governor of New York Cuomo said that he would be late in using it, and other states WANT IT NOW, ”said the president in a thread of tweets.
“We cannot waste time and we can only give the Vaccine to those states that use it immediately. Hence the delay in New York. Many lives are to be saved, but we are prepared for when they are (in New York). Stop politicking! ”, Settled the outgoing president.RELATED
On Friday Trump threatened not to distribute the first batches of the future COVID-19 vaccine to New York by Cuomo, who has been one of the biggest critics of his administration’s handling of the pandemic.
“Governor Cuomo will have to tell us when it is ready because otherwise we cannot deliver it to a state that will not give it to its people immediately,” Trump said in a speech at the White House rose garden, the first in eight days. and after media projections gave the victory in the November 3 presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden.
…. We cannot waste time and can only give to those states that will use the Vaccine immediately. Therefore the New York delay. Many lives to be saved, but we are ready when they are. Stop playing politics!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 14, 2020
Trump added Friday: Cuomo “doesn’t trust where the vaccine comes from. These come from the biggest companies in the world, the biggest labs in the world, but I don’t trust the fact that it’s the White House, this administration, so we won’t turn it over to New York until we have clearance to do so, and it pains me say that”.
Shortly afterwards, Cuomo himself responded in statements to the MSNBC television network that what Trump had said “is not true. Surprise, surprise ”.
“I have been a frank opponent of many of Trump’s policies during the last four years,” said the New York governor, who recalled that the outgoing president lost the elections in his state by a wide margin and that he is being investigated in New York by fiscal fraud.
New York was in the first months the epicenter of the pandemic in the US and, although the number of cases has multiplied in several states as the year progressed, it is still the first in the death toll, 33,993, of according to Johns Hopkins University.
In recent weeks, Cuomo had announced that state officials would review the future COVID-19 vaccine and that he would recommend New Yorkers not to get vaccinated until New York authorities complete the process.