Cuomo Continues Backtracking on MAGA Comment: 'Of Course America Has Always Been Great'

| AUG 17, 2018 | 7:42 PM

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During a press call on Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reportedly backpedaled on his previous comment that America was “never that great.”

As IJR previously noted, Cuomo claimed that America wouldn't reach greatness until women stopped facing barriers in reaching their full potential.

That comment earned him a wave of backlash, including a comment from President Donald Trump:

“This could be a career threatening statement by Andrew Cuomo, with many wanting him to resign,” Trump said.

When Cuomo spoke on Friday about his comments, he said he was “inartful.”

“The expression I used the other day was inartful, so I want to be very clear,” he said, according to The Democrat & Chronicle.

Watch his original remarks below:

“Of course America is great and of course America has always been great. No one questions that,” he added.

He went on to describe how his immigrant ancestors showed evidence of America's greatness. 

“As you know, my family is evidence of American greatness. My grandparents came to this country as poor immigrants and their son became governor and his son became governor. That's never been a question,” he said.

Cuomo's office had previously clarified that the governor disagreed with Trump about America's greatness, saying that the country already was great:

“Governor Cuomo disagrees with the President,” Cuomo's office said. “The Governor believes America is great and that her full greatness will be fully realized when every man, woman, and child has full equality. America has not yet reached its maximum potential.”