Trump ‘spoiling for a fight’ over coronavirus reopening: Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday said President Trump appeared to be “spoiling for a fight” over the reopening of states closed by the coronavirus, but said he had no interest in the battle while insisting the commander in chief does not have “total authority” over states.

“The President will have no fight with me,” said Cuomo in his daily Albany press briefing. “I will not engage.”

Cuomo put “his hand out in total partnership” hours after Trump blasted him and other Democratic governors for questioning his authority to order states reopened as the worst of the coronavirus blows over.

“Tell the Democrat Governors that ‘Mutiny On The Bounty’ was one of my all time favorite movies,” Trump wrote in one Tuesday morning tweet. “A good old fashioned mutiny every now and then is an exciting and invigorating thing to watch, especially when the mutineers need so much from the Captain. “Too easy!”

Cuomo admitted that he didn’t fully follow the thread, but got the message.

“I didn’t follow the exact meaning of the tweet,” the governor said. “But the basic essence of the tweet was that he was not happy with the governors and that this was a mutiny.

“The president is clearly spoiling for a fight on this issue.”

Cuomo insisted that he had no interest in biting on a partisan hook, but did not back down from his insistence that the final word does not lie in Washington.

“The statement that he has total authority over the states and the nation cannot go uncorrected,” said Cuomo. “It’s just a factual statement that is factually wrong.”

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